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May 24, 2015
Initial Ariane 5 assembly completed for July launch of dual payloads
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) May 22, 2015
Another Ariane 5 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana, marking a major milestone in preparations for Arianespace's third heavy-lift mission of 2015 - which will orbit the European MSG-4 meteorological satellite and Brazilian Star One C4 telecommunications relay platform during July. As part of regular pre-flight preparations inside the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, the vehicle's core cryogenic stage was first removed from its protective shipping contain ... read more

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