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The Mission

Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA
Payload: Skynet 5D & Mexsat Bicentenario
Date: December 19, 2012
Time: 2149 GMT (4:49 p.m. EST)
Window: 79 minutes
Site: ELA-3, Guiana Space Center, Kourou, French Guiana.

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Ariane 5 launch timeline
Posted: December 18, 2012

H0 Main Engine Ignition
The Ariane 5 rocket's first stage Vulcain 2 main engine ignites and undergoes a thorough health check on the launch pad.
H0+00:07.3 Launch
Producing about 2.6 million pounds of thrust, the Ariane 5 rocket's two solid rocket boosters ignite to lift the launcher into the sky.
H0+00:12.7 Start Pitch Maneuver
The Ariane 5 rocket begins to pitch over after rising vertically from the ELA-3 launch pad.
H0+00:17.1 Start Roll Maneuver
The Ariane 5 rocket starts its roll maneuver to head east away from the Guiana Space Center.
H0+00:50.2 Mach 1
At an altitude of 6,900 meters, or about 22,600 feet, the Ariane 5 launcher passes the speed of sound.
H0+02:23 Booster Separation
The solid rocket boosters exhaust their propellant and are jettisoned from the Ariane 5's first stage.
H0+03:24 Jettison Payload Fairing
The two halves of the Ariane 5's 5.4-meter, or 17.7-foot, diameter payload fairing are jettisoned once the rocket leaves the thick lower atmosphere.
H0+09:00 Main Stage Shutdown
The cryogenic first stage's Vulcain 2 main engine shuts down.
H0+09:06 Stage Separation
Explosive bolts fire to separate the Ariane 5's first and second stages.
H0+09:10 Upper Stage Ignition
The upper stage's HM7B engine, burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, ignites to propel the Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites to orbit.
H0+25:07 Upper Stage Shutdown 1
The upper stage's HM7B engine shuts down after reaching an orbit with a low point of 155 miles, a high point of 22,355 miles and an inclination of 2 degrees.
H0+27:06 Skynet 5D Separation
The Ariane 5 rocket deploys the Skynet 5D communications satellite for Astrium Services and the UK Ministry of Defence.
H0+34:37 Sylda 5 Separation
The Sylda 5 dual-payload adapter is jettisoned to expose the Mexsat Bicencenario satellite for separation.
H0+36:11 Mexsat Bicencenario Separation
The Ariane 5 rocket deploys the Mexsat Bicentenario satellite for the Mexican government.

Data source: Arianespace/Astrium




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