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New European satellite design to debut on Ariane 5 launch Thursday

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

The Ariane 5 rocket with the Eutelsat Konnect and GSAT 30 communications satellites rolled to its launch pad in French Guiana on Wednesday. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Photo Optique Video du CSG - P. Baudon
A broadband communications satellite for Paris-based Eutelsat - built on a new Thales Alenia Space all-electric design with xenon plasma thrusters - and an Indian broadcasting spacecraft are fastened to the top of an Ariane 5 launcher for liftoff Thursday from French Guiana.
Liftoff is scheduled during a launch window opening at 4:05 p.m. EST and closing at 6 p.m. EST Thursday.
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Photos: Ariane 5 rocket rolled out for first launch of 2020

Photos: Ariane 5 rocket rolled out for first launch of 2020

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

A nearly 180-foot-tall Ariane 5 rocket rolled out of its integration hangar to the ELA-3 launch zone Wednesday at the Guiana Space Center in South America, moving into position for liftoff Thursday with two geostationary communications satellites.
The Eutelsat Konnect and GSAT 30 satellites, owned by Paris-based Eutelsat and the Indian Space Research Organization, are fastened to the top of the Ariane 5 launcher inside the rocket's Swiss-made payload fairing.
The Ariane 5's 107th mission is set for liftoff during a launch window opening at 4:05 p.m. EST Wednesday.
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