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  3. Assembly and launch facilities

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    November 20, 2020

    Ariane 5 is operated from CNES’s Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. Before being shipped across the Atlantic, the launcher elements manufactured all over Europe are sent to the ports of Le Havre, Rotterdam and Bremen. They are then loaded in containers onto two ships, the MN Toucan and MN Colibri. On arrival in French Guiana at the port of Pariacabo, they are trucked to the CSG in an oversize convoy. For safety reasons, Ariane 5 activities are spread across different infrastructures covering more than 2,000 hectares (21 km²) of the CSG’s 69,000 hectares. The main buildings through which Ariane 5 elements pass on their way to launch are detailed below.

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  6. Next Ariane 5 mission set to launch Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a satellites

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    September 1, 2017

    Tuesday 5 September 2017, Ariane 5 will lift off from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, to place two telecommunications satellites into orbit: Intelsat 37e, built by Boeing for Intelsat, and BSAT-4a, built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). It will be the eighth launch of the year from the CSG, and the fifth launch of the year for Ariane 5, thereby bringing its total number of launches to 95.

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  10. Ariane 4 heritage

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    December 2, 2014

    Space transport - A challenge for Europe

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  12. Three, two, one, répétition générale du lancement?!

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    May 31, 2013

    Le dernier test de la phase « pre-launch » de l'ATV-4 Albert Einstein a eu lieu tout au long de la journée d’hier. 16 heures de séquence pendant lesquelles les opérateurs de l’ATV-CC se sont entrainés une dernière fois sur la base des données réelles de vol. Tous les partenaires étaient impliqués, particulièrement le centre de contrôle d’Ariane 5, à Kourou, dont la salle Jupiter, cœur des opérations du lanceur, faisait le plein pour un entrainement primordial pour le bon déroulement de la mission.

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  13. The Ariane series at a glance

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    January 1, 2015

    Since 1979, no fewer than 221 Ariane launchers have lifted off from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG).

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  14. Developmental launchers: Ariane 1 to 3

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    December 2, 2014

    The first Ariane launcher thundered off the launch pad on 24 December 1979. For the first time in the history of space, a heavy-lift 3-stage launcher capable of placing satellites of nearly 1 tonne into geostationary orbit was successfully sent aloft.

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  15. L'ATV-CC est prêt pour le lancement!

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    December 15, 2011

    Le lancement de l'ATV est assuré par les équipes CNES, ESA et ARIANESPACE depuis Kourou.

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  16. CNES facilities

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    February 18, 2003

    CNES administrative operations are directed from the CNES headquarters in Paris. Administrators at headquarters, together with the overseeing ministries, establish and promote CNES's policy. They also define strategic guidelines for the agency’s technical centres and its relations with outside partners.

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  17. Ariane 1 to 4

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    December 2, 2014

    Overcoming the pull of Earth’s gravity to loft even the smallest object into orbit calls for a truly ‘exceptional machine’, akin to a train consisting almost exclusively of tanker wagons feeding a fuel-hungry locomotive.

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  18. Building a range of launchers

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    December 2, 2014

    Since the 1970s, launcher missions have continued to evolve and diversify. Today, launchers are expected to deliver ever more performance and transport increasingly heavy payloads.

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  19. Ariane 4- A challenge for spacefaring Europe

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    December 2, 2014

    Meeting market requirements

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