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  1. Ariane 5 ECA readies for eagerly awaited return to flight

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    4 Février 2005

    Ariane 5 ECA—an uprated version of the generic Ariane 5 offering greater lift capacity—is in the final stages of preparations for launch from the Guiana Space Centre, scheduled on 12 February. The launch marks the return of Ariane 5 ECA, which failed on its maiden flight in December 2002. The launch is also the culmination of months of effort to maximize its chances of success, and a crucial milestone for Europe’s launcher.

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  2. Ariane 5 ECA joins the family

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    14 Février 2005

    “The largest and latest in the Ariane generation has now joined the family.” Those were the first words of CNES President Yannick d’Escatha on the announcement of the successful launch of Ariane 5 ECA. The qualification launch on Saturday 12 February was a complete success, sending the XTar-Eur and Sloshsat satellites into orbit—a success that had been eagerly awaited in all quarters of the space community. Ariane 5 ECA's lift-off. 12 February 2005. Crédits : CNES/ESA/Arianespace

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  3. 10-ton Ariane 5 all ready to go

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    11 Octobre 2004

    Since 9 August, CNES has been feverishly preparing for the forthcoming launch of Ariane 5 ECA, an uprated version of Ariane 5 offering greater lift capacity. After the failure of the launcher’s first flight in 2002, engineers embarked on a meticulous review. The launcher has now successfully completed ground qualification, but CNES’s teams are not dropping their guard and will be working flat out right up to the lift-off.

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  4. Ariane 5 rockets aloft

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    14 Février 2006

    Saturday 27 May, Ariane 5 ECA lifted off from the Guiana Space Centre with a record-breaking 8.2-tonne payload of 2 telecommunications satellites. See the final days leading up to launch here in pictures, from the launch rehearsal to lift-off ...

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  5. Ariane 5 and beyond …

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    21 Mars 2005

    Through the Oural programme, initiated by France, CNES and the Russian space agency Roskosmos will be working together on research and technology for the development of future launch vehicles planned to succeed Ariane 5 by 2020.

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  6. Ariane 5 booster on the test stand

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    22 Novembre 2004

    As well as operating launchers, the Guiana Space Centre also conducts live firing tests. On 9 November, the centre’s solid booster test stand put one of Ariane 5’s boosters—the MPS solid propellant motor—through its paces for the ARTA* programme.

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  7. Ariane turns 25

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    4 Janvier 2005

    24 December 1979 at 17:14 and 38 seconds, the first Ariane launcher fired its engines. For the first time in the history of the space adventure, a three-stage-to-orbit launcher, capable of carrying satellites weighing nearly 1 tonne, successfully lifted off from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Emotions ran high among those watching this landmark event in the history of space. But the road to success wasn’t all straight and smooth, since the launch had to be scrubbed twice before the big day, seriously sapping teams’ morale.

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  8. Vinci: full steam ahead

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    15 Mars 2006

    Vega, Ariane 5 and other launchers could be attracted by the performance of Vinci, Europe’s new cryogenic rocket engine. Recent tests have confirmed its high level of reliability.

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  9. Jules Verne ATV mission on the starting blocks

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    3 Août 2007

    After a 12-day voyage across the Atlantic, the Jules Verne ATV*—the first fully automatic uncrewed cargo vessel built in Europe—has arrived safely at the Guyana Space Centre (CSG) ahead of launch early next year. Under CNES supervision, the mission will be a major first for Ariane 5 and the CSG.

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  10. Jules Verne embarks on an extraordinary journey

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    25 Février 2008

    Sunday 9 March, on its 37th launch—the first in its ES-ATV configuration—Ariane 5 successfully placed the European Jules Verne ATV into elliptical Earth orbit. In 3 weeks’ time, it will be approaching and docking with the International Space Station (ISS).

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  11. HELIOS II, a new generation of military satellites

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    14 Octobre 2004

    CNES is gearing up for a very special kind of launch in December, when Ariane 5 will be lofting 6 satellites into orbit at once—a first for Europe’s launcher. Among the passengers will be the Helios IIA satellite, designed to give the Helios military surveillance system enhanced resolution and data access capability.

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  12. Syracuse 3A successfully positioned

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    2 Novembre 2005

    Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre have successfully positioned the Syracuse 3A military telecommunications satellite, launched by an Ariane 5 GS vehicle during the night of 13 to 14 October 2005 from the Guiana Space Centre for the French ministry of defence.

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  13. ATV- the European ISS resupply ship

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    3 Août 2007

    The Jules Verne, the first of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicles designed to ferry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), arrived at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou late in July. Since its arrival, CNES teams have been preparing the ATV for launch in specially altered facilities, under the watchful eye of the director of operations. It is scheduled to make its maiden flight on 31 January 2008, on a specially adapted Ariane 5 launcher.

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  14. Syracuse is in orbit

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    10 Octobre 2005

    Ariane scores dual mission success : the launcher placed two payloads into geostationary transfer orbit of which the French Ministry of Defence’s Syracuse 3A military telecommunications satellite. This new satellite will support high-data-rate transmissions over very long distances from increasingly compact terminals. CNES is responsible for conducting the tricky satellite positioning phase on behalf of Alcatel Alenia Space.

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  15. P80- a newcomer in the solid propulsion stakes

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    28 Septembre 2006

    Europe’s family of launchers is set to grow, with a kid brother for Ariane 5 called Vega expected some time late next year. Vega is designed for the launch of small satellites, complementing its larger stable mate. The Vega project was initiated by ESA in 1999. CNES is leading development of the P80 engine that will power the 1st stage of the new launcher. The P80 will in fact carry 88 tonnes of solid fuel needed to get the light Vega launcher off the ground.

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  16. ATV campaign at Guiana Space Centre draws to a close

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    25 Février 2008

    With just 2 weeks to go to the 1st flight of the ATV—Europe’s 1st uncrewed cargo vehicle designed to resupply the International Space Station (ISS)—from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), reconfigured to accommodate and launch this huge spacecraft, an unprecedented campaign is now drawing to a close…

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  17. A CNES-Esa agreement on launcher Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center

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    22 Juillet 2005

    Soyuz is getting closer to French Guiana! While the alteration work is going on at the Guiana Space Center, French space agency CNES and Esa signed an agreement on the setting up programme. This gives a schedule for the Russian launcher’s installation at Europe’s spaceport. The adjustment for Soyuz begins in Guiana: launching expected in 2008!

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  18. Space, Defence and European Security

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    28 Septembre 2006

    19-22 September, the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) hosted a symposium on space, defence and European security in Kourou with CNES, ESA, European firms, the WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC).

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  19. France and Japan strengthen cooperative ties

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    29 Mars 2005

    As part of French President Jacques Chirac’s state visit to Japan, CNES President Yannick d’Escatha met his Japanese counterpart Keiji Tachikawa, President of the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA). Both announced their desire to work even more closely together in space.

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  20. CSG subcontractors reduce reliance on space

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    8 Mars 2006

    As of end 2003, the Guiana Space Centre’s 64 suppliers, subcontractors and service providers employed close on 2,100 people. A survey conducted for CNES by INSEE*, France's national institute of statistics and economic studies, indicates that their total revenues fell only slightly, despite a downturn in space business in 2003. This good result is attributed to effective restructuring on the part of firms in the space sector.

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