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On 20 May 2011, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, GSAT-8 and ST-2, into their planned transfer orbits. Flight VA202 was the third Ariane 5 launch of 2011.
Liftoff of the 58th Ariane 5 mission came at 22:38 CEST (20:38 GMT; 17:38 French Guiana).