Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 63rd time in a row, once again confirming the reliability of the European launcher developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space.

The required performance for this, the 221st Ariane flight – for which Arianespace conducted the launch operations – was to transport 10,210 kg into geostationary transfer orbit, with the two satellites weighing a total of 9,480 kg. The remaining mass was for the SYLDA dual launch system and the satellite integration hardware.

“The 63rd successful launch in a row confirms the outstanding industrial capabilities of the teams at Airbus Defence and Space, the prime contractor for the Ariane programme since 2003,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “We would like to thank Arianespace for their success in commercialising the launches and operating the range of European launcher systems at the Guiana Space Centre, as well as our trusted and dependable industrial and institutional partners for our joint success for more than 10 years.”