Ariane launches satellites

The fifth of seven planned Ariane 5 launches from ESA’s spaceport in French Guiana this year has placed two communications satellites in orbit. Launched at 22:59 BST, the satellites entered geostationary orbit safely. One was Amazonas 2, designed to deliver TV to the Americas and the other was ComSatBw-1, designed for secure transmissions for the German armed forces.

Footage of the launch and further details can be viewed here.

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