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Video – Satellites sent into orbit

A HUGE ARIANE 5 ROCKET thunders into space in this dramatic video. The launch took place at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, and the mission was to place two telecommunications satellites, Arabsat-5C and SES-2, into their planned transfer orbits.

Liftoff of flight VA204, the 60th Ariane 5 mission, came at 7:38am (Sydney time) on September 22, 2011.

The 50.5-metre-tall Ariane 5 is a heavy-lift rocket, with a mass of 780 tonnes (including fuel) at lift-off.

Adapted from information issued by ESA / CNES / Arianespace / Photo Optique vidéo du CSG.

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