– One of the last Ariane V missiles launched from Kourou
There are still three Ariane 5 launches in the coming months, including one at the end of 2022, before Ariane 6 takes over in 2023.
The Ariane 5 launcher took off successfully from the Guyana Space Center on Wednesday at 6:45 pm local time, with the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite on board, which is intended to provide high-speed internet connectivity across Europe, particularly in areas with high coverage. weak. weak.
This is to reduce the digital divide in the old continent. It should offer a service comparable to fiber-optic networks in terms of performance and cost. The spacecraft is massive, weighing 6.4 tons, and will be 8.8 meters high in its final configuration, making it the largest satellite built by Thales Alenia Space.
Altitude 3804 km
This satellite is 15 years old, and it was entrusted to the Ariane 5 launch pad, which should put it into orbit 28 minutes after launch at an altitude of 3,804 kilometers. This is one of Ariane 5’s final launches, and three more will be launched in the coming months, including one at the end of 2022, before Ariane 6 takes over the following year.
The second Ariane 5 launch of the year was supposed to take place the day before, Tuesday, but unfavorable weather, particularly winds blowing in the wrong direction, led to a 24-hour delay.