Ariane’s long career began in 1996 and she already has 117 orbital launches. The launch of its replacement, Ariane 6, is scheduled for later this year.
Ariane 5 has flown for the last time. The European heavy-lift space launcher lifted off from the launch pad of the European Space Agency in Kourou (French Guiana) with two satellites.
Within 2.5 minutes of flight, the vehicle’s solid rocket boosters separated from the core stage, whose single engine continued to burn, carrying the mission’s two satellites into the sky.
Ariane’s long career began in 1996 and she already has 117 orbital launches. The release of his substitute, Ariane 6It is scheduled for the end of this year.