November 19, 2018

Photos: Ariane 5 on the eve of launch


If you would like to see more articles like this please support our coverage of the space program by becoming a Spaceflight Now Member. If everyone who enjoys our website helps fund it, we can expand and improve our coverage further.

A colorful sunset Tuesday created a dramatic backdrop to Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket, poised on its launch pad at the edge of the Amazon jungle for its 82nd mission.

Flying for the fifth time this year, the expendable 18-story rocket will haul up the Sky Muster and Arsat 2 communications satellites for Australia and Argentina. Arianespace says the total cargo load for Wednesday’s launch, which is set for 2030 GMT (4:30 p.m. EDT), amounts to more than 10.2 metric tons, or about 22,494 pounds.

Burning a mixture of cryogenic liquid hydrogen and pre-packed solid fuel, the Ariane 5 will lift off from French Guiana and deliver the satellites to geostationary transfer orbit about a half-hour later.

The photos below show rollout of the Ariane 5 rocket and views of the launcher at sunset Tuesday.

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

Email the author.

Follow Stephen Clark on Twitter: @StephenClark1.


If you would like to see more articles like this please support our coverage of the space program by becoming a Spaceflight Now Member. If everyone who enjoys our website helps fund it, we can expand and improve our coverage further.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!