Airane 5 blasts off from ArianeSpace

The delayed flight of the Ariane 5 rocket carrying the multimedia satellite Arabsat 5A and the Earth Observation and Communications systems testbed South Korean COMS satellite finally happened last night. The rocket blasted off from Europe’s ArianeSpace spaceport in French Guiana. Both satellites were successfully inserted into their orbits and handed over to their controllers. A replay of the launch and a computer simulation of what happened next is below:

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