Saturday 27 May, Ariane 5 ECA lifted off from the Guiana Space Centre with a record-breaking 8.2-tonne payload of 2 telecommunications satellites. See the final days leading up to launch here in pictures, from the launch rehearsal to lift-off ...
1st June 2006
Ariane 5 ECA orbited Satmex 6 for Mexican operator Satélites Mexicanos and Thaicom 5 for Thai operator Shin Satellite PLC.
This was the 27th launch and the 13th straight success for Ariane 5.