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Ariane 5's fourth launch of 2013

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Ariane 5's fourth launch of 2013

29 August 2013 This evening, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two communications satellites, Eutelsat 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7, into their planned geostationary transfer orbits.

Liftoff of flight VA215 occurred at 20:30 GMT (22:30 CET; 17:30 French Guiana) at the opening of the launch window. The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249 km, an apogee altitude of 35 929 km with an inclination of 3.5° relative to the equator.

Eutelsat-25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7 were accurately injected into their transfer orbits approximately 27 and 34 minutes after launch, respectively.

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Liftoff of Ariane 5 with EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7

Replay of the liftoff of Ariane Flight VA215 carrying EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7.

Credit: ESA / Arianespace / CNES

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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Pure coolishness. I remember the lift-offs from Cape Canaveral, when we'd be glued to our television sets watching these marvels of human engineering. I remember going to the observation deck of the airport for the same reason. Now, lift-offs and take-offs have become so "old hat" that no one's impressed. It's a shame, really.

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