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  1. 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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  2. Ariane 4 heritage

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    December 2, 2014

    Space transport - A challenge for Europe

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  3. Ariane 5 launch on 6 February 2014 with Athena-Fidus on board

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    February 6, 2014

    The first Ariane rocket of the year 2014, orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, on thursday 6 Fabruary, from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre.

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  4. Another launch success for Ariane 5: ATV Georges Lemaître on its way to ISS

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    July 30, 2014

    Europe’s fifth ISS resupply spacecraft was orbited tonight by an Ariane 5 launcher from the Guiana Space Centre. The ATV-5 will dock with the statiion on 12 August.

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  5. Soyuz readies for business in Kourou

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    May 3, 2010

    The Guiana Space Centre (CSG) has completed construction of a new launch complex, not far from the Ariane 5 facility. Later this year, it will become home to a new recruit from Russia—the Soyuz rocket.

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  6. Soyuz launch pad handed over to Arianespace

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    May 9, 2011

    The Soyuz launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre was officially handed over by ESA to Arianespace on 7 May 2011 during a special ceremony at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.

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  7. GAIA successful launch on 19 December 2013

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    December 19, 2013

    The European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite was sent aloft by a Soyuz launcher Thursday 19 December from the Guiana Space Centre. The launcher lifted off as scheduled at 10:12 CET and the satellite was released into orbit 42 minutes later. It will now take one month to reach the L2 Lagrange point, a very special point in the Sun-Earth system beyond Earth as seen from the Sun, some 1.5 million km away, 5 times the Earth-Moon distance. The L2 point orbits the Sun with the same period as Earth. GAIA will thus survey the entire galaxy in the space of a year. The Toulouse Space Centre houses one of the 6 European data centres of the GAIA mission, expected to last 5 years.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Ariane 4- A challenge for spacefaring Europe

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    December 2, 2014

    Meeting market requirements

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  11. 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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  12. La filière Ariane en quelques chiffres

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    January 1, 2015

    Depuis 1979, pas moins de 221 fusées Ariane ont été lancées depuis le Centre spatial guyanais (CSG).

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