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Liftoff of Ariane VA206
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- Title Liftoff of Ariane VA206
- Released 16/05/2012
- Length 00:03:43
- Language English
- Footage Type Exterior shot
- Copyright ESA
Early in the morning of 16 May 2012, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, JCSAT-13 and Vinasat-2, into their planned transfer orbits.
Liftoff of flight VA206, the 62nd Ariane 5 mission, came at 22:13 GMT (00:13 CEST; 19:13 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249.9 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 911 km and an inclination of 2°.
The satellites were accurately injected into their transfer orbits about 26 minutes and 36 minutes after liftoff, respectively.