Ariane 5 lofts record payload
Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 54th time in a row. The required performance for this, the 212th Ariane flight, was 10.317 kg in geostationary orbit, including 9.503 kg for the two satellites, a new record.
The launch was performed by the Ariane 5 ECA launcher, which is capable of placing a dual payload into orbit, thus keeping operating costs down.
A continuous improvement programme led by Astrium in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) has enhanced the launcher’s performance, while at the same time pursuing cost savings, and enabling Ariane 5 to set a series of launch mass records into geostationary orbit, such as today’s of more than 10.3 tonnes.