June 23, 2021

Photos: Telecom satellites blast off from the jungle


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Look back on Sunday’s launch of an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s jungle spaceport in French Guiana with two communications satellites for a commercial Norwegian telecom operator and Franco-Italian military authorities.

The 18-story Ariane 5 rocket blasted off at 2000 GMT (4 p.m. EDT; 5 p.m. local time) from the Guiana Space Center with the Thor 7 and Sicral 2 communications satellites.

Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - P. Piron
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – P. Piron
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - S. Martin
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – S. Martin
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - P. Piron
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – P. Piron
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - S. Martin
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – S. Martin
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - P. Piron
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – P. Piron
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - S. Martin
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – S. Martin
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG - P. Baudon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG – P. Baudon

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