spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


Ariane 4 launches two military satellites
Posted: Thu, Feb 8, 2001, 12:45 AM ET (0545 GMT)
Ariane flight 139 illustration An Ariane 4 booster successfully launched two European military communications satellites Wednesday night. The Ariane 44L, a version of the Ariane 4 that uses four liquid-propellant strap-on boosters, lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana at 6:05 pm EST (2305 GMT). The launch was delayed by about 37 minutes because of a telemetry problems with one of the booster's payloads, the Skynet 4F British military communications satellite. In addition to Skynet 4F the Ariane launched Sicral, Italy's first military satellite, which will provide communications services for the Italian defense ministry. The launch, the second of the year for Arianespace, was also the first time an Ariane placed two military satellites in orbit on a single mission. The next Ariane flight is scheduled for early March, when an Ariane 5 will launch a European and Japanese communications satellites.
Related Links:
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Russia plans to resume crewed Soyuz launches in December
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 9:00 AM ET (1400 GMT)

China launches Beidou satellite
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:59 AM ET (1359 GMT)

Dawn mission declared over
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:58 AM ET (1358 GMT)

news links
Wednesday, November 14
Campus to honor Apollo 8
Tarrant County College District Collegian — 5:17 am ET (1017 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list