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First Ariane Launch of 2014

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Ariane 5 rocket set for opening launch of 2014

Arianespace will kick off the year with a launch for Hong Kong-based Asia Broadcast Satellite and the French and Italian governments, sending a pair of large communications payloads into orbit aboard a heavy-duty Ariane 5 rocket.

The Ariane 5 launcher left its final assembly building at the Guiana Space Center late Wednesday morning, arriving at the ELA-3 launch pad about an hour later amid scattered rain showers. Rocket technicians were supposed to connect the rocket and its weathered mobile launch platform to ground propellant and electricity supplies Wednesday afternoon.

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VA217 - Launch Campaign Diary

Arianespace Flight VA217 - Ariane 5 ECA -- ABS-2 & Athena Fidus

Launch scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2014

With the component replacement on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher and the associated checks now being completed, Arianespace can set the date for its next launch, VA217, using an Ariane 5 ECA to orbit the ABS-2 and Athena Fidus satellites.

Liftoff of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is now slated for Thursday, February 6 at 5:30 pm local time in Kourou, French Guiana (3:30 pm, in Washington D.C., 20:30 UTC, 9:30 pm in Paris, and on Friday, February 7 at 5:30 am in Hong Kong).

Follow this launch live: http://www.arianespace.tv

Source: Arianespace - YouTube Channel

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Ariane 5’s heavy-lift mission with ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus is an Arianespace “on the numbers” launch success

February 6, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA217

Arianespace opened a busy year of mission activity in 2014 with another Ariane 5 success today that added key numbers to the company’s commercial launch services track record.

This 250th launch performed by Arianespace lifted off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, delivering a dual-satellite payload into geostationary transfer orbit: ABS-2 for global satellite operator ABS, and Athena-Fidus for the defense/homeland security needs of France and Italy – during a flight lasting just over 32 minutes.

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Arianespace Flight VA217 / Success

Arianespace opened a busy year of mission activity in 2014 with another Ariane 5 success today that added key numbers to the company's commercial launch services track record.

Source: Arianespace - YouTube Channel

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