Final Ariane 5 liftoff | Launch preparation timelapse


The 117th and final launch of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket capped a series which began in 1996. Commercial, institutional and scientific payloads included such iconic missions as Rosetta, the James Webb Space Telescope and Juice. Seen here is the launch campaign for VA261 on 5 July 2023, to close the Ariane 5 book; onboard were German aerospace agency DLR’s Heinrich Hertz experimental communications satellite and French communications satellite Syracuse 4b.

Credits: ESA-Stephane Corvaja/Zetapress-Manuel Pedoussaut

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  1. 25 ans de carrière pour une fusée, c'est exeptionnel, rare sont les lanceurs a avoir un tel palmarés 🙂 , mais bon, il était temps que Ariane 6 arrive, la concurence coute bcp moins cher pour des charges assez équivalentes.

  2. Very Fascinating. Congratulations.Atomic propulsion and ion thrusters will be game changers for mars and longer missions. Rocket reusability will significantly reduce, the operation costs, for same types of launches to the same orbits. Reliable and tested rockets should be made reusable, and use this saved costs for further advances in astrophysics. Returning the outdated scientific machines back to earth, instead of burning them after mission expiry will also give, significant material cost savings.👍👍😊

  3. Fantástico el video como todos los que recibo y por mi profesión en prensa practiqué la imagen en toda su amplitud, esto es un ejemplo de la ciencia actual de los satélites y un avance de la tecnologia espacial, la cual sigo desde hace mas de 50 años, viendo los avances de los trabajadores y cinentificos que suben satélites al espacio y astronautas para el beneficio de la humanidad. Un saludo.

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