Ariane 5 Space Launch


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Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA
Payload: Eutelsat 25B & GSAT 7
Launch date: August 29, 2013
Launch window: 2030-2120 GMT (4:30-5:20 p.m. EDT)
Site: ELA-3, Guiana Space Center, Kourou French Guiana

Ariane 5 in the launch zone
Europe's Ariane 5 rocket moved to the launch zone in French Guiana on Wednesday, loaded with a pair of telecommunications satellites to serve Eutelsat, Qatar and the Indian Navy.

The 17-story launcher, powered by twin solid rocket boosters and a hydrogen-fueled core engine, will lift off at 2030 GMT (4:30 p.m. EDT). The flight has a 50-minute launch window.

It will take about a half-hour to deliver the Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 and GSAT 7 payloads into geostationary transfer orbit.