European Ariane 5 rocket launches 2 communications satellites into orbit

European Ariane 5 rocket launches 2 communications satellites into orbit

European Ariane 5 rocket launches 2 communications satellites into orbit

A European heavy-lift rocket launched two communications satellites into orbit from South America on Wednesday evening (June 22).

An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket has lifted off from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday at 17:50 EDT (2150 GMT). That was 47 minutes into the 100-minute launch window, the time it took France-based Arianespace to do some extra checks on the missile.