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October 15, 2014
Arianespace's December mission for DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 satellites in process
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 15, 2014
Basic build-up of the Ariane 5 for Arianespace's sixth heavy-lift flight of 2014 is complete for a mission scheduled from French Guiana in early December with two geostationary orbit relay satellites. During activity inside the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building for Ariane 5, the "upper composite" - consisting of its cryogenic upper stage and equipment bay - was installed atop the vehicle's already-assembled components: the core cryogenic stage and two solid propellant boosters. This ... read more

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