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Satellite launch: watch the video

On Friday, May 21, Arianespace placed two communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit: the ASTRA 3B commercial communications satellite for the Luxembourg-based operator SES ASTRA, and the COMSATBw-2 military communications satellite built by Astrium for the German Ministry of Defence.

This was the 50th Ariane 5 mission, and the 36th successful launch in a row

Ariane 5 is the only commercial satellite launcher now on the market capable of simultaneously launching two payloads.

Adapted from information issued by Arianespace.