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Ariane 5 liftoff with Alphasat

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Ariane 5 liftoff with Alphasat

Watch the replay of an Ariane 5 liftoff with Alphasat on board on 25 July, 2013, from French Guiana.

Alphasat is a large telecommunications satellite primarily designed to expand Inmarsat’s existing global mobile network. It was engineered and built by Astrium through a public–private partnership between ESA and Inmarsat. Along with providing a significant increase in service for Inmarsat’s fleet, it also serves as a first flight for Alphabus, the new European telecom platform developed by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space under a joint contract with ESA and France’s CNES space agency.

Credit: ESA/Arianespace

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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