October 3, 2014

63rd consecutive success for Ariane 5

Ariane 5 ECA orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16, on 6 December 2014 after a 48 hours launch delay due to bad meteorological conditions in French Guiana. The launcher lifted-off at 17:40 (Kourou), 21:40 (Paris). Watch the launch replay online.

The launch

  • Launch date: 6 December 2014
  • Launcher version: Ariane 5 ECA
  • Satellites: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16
  • Customers: DIRECTV for DIRECTV-14; the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for GSAT-16
  • Launch window: 17:40-18:49 (Kourou); 21:40-22h49 (Paris)
  • Webcast start time: 17:25 (Kourou); 21:25 (Paris)


Previous Ariane 5 launches videos

Preparations for flight in French Guiana

Photo report of the key phases of launcher and satellites preparations for the next launch in Kourou.

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