Ariane 5

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Ariane 5
Ariane 5ES with ATV 4 on its way to ELA-3.jpg
Ariane 5 ES with ATV-4 on board on its way to the launch pad
Function Heavy launch vehicle
Manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space for
ESA and Arianespace
Country of origin
Size
Height 46–52 metres (151–171 ft)
Diameter 5.4 metres (18 ft)
Mass 777,000 kilograms (1,713,000 lb)
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to
LEO
G: 16,000 kilograms (35,000 lb)
ES: 21,000 kilograms (46,000 lb)
Payload to
GTO
G: 6,950 kilograms (15,320 lb)
G+: 6,950 kilograms (15,320 lb)
GS: 6,100 kilograms (13,400 lb)
ECA: 10,500 kilograms (23,100 lb)
Associated rockets
Family Ariane
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Total launches 77
(G: 16, G+: 3, GS: 6)
(ECA: 47, ES: 5)
Successes 73
(G: 13, G+: 3, GS: 6)
(ECA: 45, ES: 5)
Failures 2 (G: 1, ECA: 1)
Partial failures 2 (G)
First flight G: 4 June 1996
G+: 2 March 2004
GS: 11 August 2005
ECA: 11 December 2002
ES: 9 March 2008
Last flight G: 27 September 2003
G+: 18 December 2004
GS: 18 December 2009
Notable payloads Rosetta
Automated Transfer Vehicle
Herschel Space Observatory
Planck
Boosters (G, G+) - EAP P238
No boosters 2
Length 31.6 metres (104 ft)
Diameter 3.06 metres (10.0 ft)
Gross mass 270 tonnes (300 tons)
Engines P238
Thrust 6,650 kilonewtons (1,490,000 lbf)
Total thrust 13,300 kilonewtons (3,000,000 lbf)
Burn time 130s
Fuel HTPB
Boosters (GS, ECA, ES) - EAP P241
No boosters 2
Length 31.6 metres (104 ft)
Diameter 3.06 metres (10.0 ft)
Empty mass 33 tonnes (36 tons)
Gross mass 273 tonnes (301 tons)
Engines P241
Thrust 7,080 kilonewtons (1,590,000 lbf)
Total thrust 14,160 kilonewtons (3,180,000 lbf)
Burn time 140s
Fuel HTPB
Core Stage (G, G+, GS) - EPC H158
Length 23.8 metres (78 ft)
Diameter 5.4 metres (18 ft)
Empty mass 12,200 kilograms (26,900 lb)
Gross mass 170,500 kilograms (375,900 lb)
Engines G, G+: Vulcain 1
GS: Vulcain 1B
Thrust 1,015 kilonewtons (228,000 lbf) (vacuum)
Specific impulse 440s (vacuum)
Burn time 605s
Fuel LOX / LH2
Core Stage (ECA, ES) - EPC H173
Length 23.8 metres (78 ft)
Diameter 5.4 metres (18 ft)
Empty mass 14,700 kilograms (32,400 lb)
Gross mass 184,700 kilograms (407,200 lb)
Engines Vulcain 2
Thrust 960 kilonewtons (220,000 lbf) (sea level)
1,390 kilonewtons (310,000 lbf) (vacuum)
Specific impulse 310s (sea level)
432 (vacuum)
Burn time 540s
Fuel LOX / LH2
Second Stage (G) - EPS L9.7
Length 3.4 metres (11 ft)
Diameter 5.4 metres (18 ft)
Empty mass 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb)
Gross mass 10,900 kilograms (24,000 lb)
Engines Aestus
Thrust 27 kilonewtons (6,100 lbf)
Burn time 1100
Fuel MMH / N2O4
Second Stage (G+, GS, ES) - EPS L10
Length 3.4 metres (11 ft)
Diameter 5.4 metres (18 ft)
Empty mass 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb)
Gross mass 11,200 kilograms (24,700 lb)
Engines Aestus
Thrust 27 kilonewtons (6,100 lbf)
Burn time 1170
Fuel MMH / N2O4
Second Stage (ECA) - EPS ESC-A
Length 4.711 metres (15.46 ft)
Diameter 5.4 metres (18 ft)
Empty mass 4,540 kilograms (10,010 lb)
Gross mass 19,440 kilograms (42,860 lb)
Engines HM7B
Thrust 67 kilonewtons (15,000 lbf)
Specific impulse 446s
Burn time 945s
Fuel LOX / LH2

Ariane 5 is a European rocket that is a part of the Ariane rocket family, an expendable launch system used to deliver payloads into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) or low Earth orbit (LEO). Ariane 5 rockets are manufactured under the authority of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the vehicles, leading a consortium of sub-contractors. Ariane 5 is operated and marketed by Arianespace as part of the Ariane programme. Astrium builds the rockets in Europe and Arianespace launches them from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

Ariane 5 succeeded Ariane 4, but was not derived from it directly. Ariane 5 has been refined since the first launch in successive versions, "G", "G+", "GS", "ECA", and most recently, "ES". ESA originally designed Ariane 5 to launch the Hermes spaceplane, and thus intended it to be human rated from the beginning.

Two satellites can be mounted using a SYLDA carrier (SYstème de Lancement Double Ariane). Three main satellites are possible depending on size using SPELTRA (Structure Porteuse Externe Lancement TRiple Ariane). Up to eight secondary payloads, usually small experiment packages or minisatellites, can be carried with an ASAP (Ariane Structure for Auxiliary Payloads) platform.

By mid-2007, Arianespace has ordered a total of 99 Ariane 5 launchers from Astrium. The first batch ordered in 1995 consisted of 14 launchers, while the second—P2—batch ordered in 1999 consisted of 20 launchers. A third—PA—batch consisting of 25 ECA and 5 ES launchers was ordered in 2004. The latest batch ordered in mid-2007 consist of another 35 ECA launchers.[1] Through these orders, the Ariane 5 will be the workhorse of Arianespace at least through 2015.

Vehicle description[edit]

Cut drawing of an Ariane 5 ECA

Cryogenic main stage[edit]

Ariane 5’s cryogenic H173 main stage (H158 for Ariane 5 G, G+, and GS) is called the EPC (Étage Principal Cryotechnique—Cryotechnic Main Stage). It consists of a large tank 30.5 metres high with two compartments, one for liquid oxygen and one for liquid hydrogen, and a Vulcain 2 engine at the base with a vacuum thrust of 142 tonnes-force (1,390 kilonewtons). The H173 EPC weighs about 189 tonnes, including 175 tonnes of propellant.[2]

Solid boosters[edit]

Attached to the sides are two P241 (P238 for Ariane 5 G and G+) solid rocket boosters (SRBs or EAPs from the French Étages d’Accélération à Poudre), each weighing about 277 tonnes full and delivering a thrust of about 722 tonnes-force (7,080 kilonewtons). These SRBs are usually allowed to sink to the bottom of the ocean, but like the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters they can be recovered with parachutes, and this has occasionally been done for post-flight analysis. (Unlike Space Shuttle SRBs Ariane 5 boosters are not reused.) The most recent attempt was for the first Ariane 5 ECA mission. One of the two boosters was successfully recovered and returned to the Guiana Space Center for analysis.[3] Prior to that mission, the last such recovery and testing was done in 2003.

The French M51 SLBM shares a substantial amount of technology with these boosters.

In March 2000 the nose cone of an Ariane 5 booster washed ashore on the South Texas coast, and was recovered by beachcombers.[4]

Second stage[edit]

The second stage is on top of the main stage and below the payload. The Ariane 5G used the EPS (Étage à Propergols Stockables—Storable Propellant Stage), which is fueled by monomethylhydrazine (MMH) and nitrogen tetroxide. The EPS was improved for use on the Ariane 5 G+, GS, and ES. Ariane 5 ECA uses the ESC (Étage Supérieur Cryotechnique—Cryogenic Upper Stage), which is fueled by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen.

The EPS upper stage is capable of multiple ignitions, first demonstrated during flight V26 which was launched on 5 October 2007. This was purely to test the engine, and occurred after the payloads had been deployed. The first operational use of restart capability as part of a mission came on 9 March 2008, when two burns were made to deploy the first Automated Transfer Vehicle into a circular parking orbit, followed by a third burn after ATV deployment to de-orbit the stage. This procedure was repeated for all subsequent ATV flights.

Fairing[edit]

The payload and all upper stages are covered at launch by a fairing, which is jettisoned once sufficient altitude has been reached (typically above 100 km).

Variants[edit]

Variant Description
G The original version is dubbed Ariane 5 G (Generic) and had a launch mass of 737 tonnes. Its payload capability to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) was 6,900 kg (15,200 lb) for a single satellite or 6,100 kg (13,400 lb) for dual launches. It flew 17 times with one failure and two partial failures.[5]
G+ The Ariane 5 G+ had an improved EPS second stage, with a GTO capacity of 7,100 kg (15,700 lb) for a single payload or 6,300 kg (13,900 lb) for two. It flew three times in 2004, with no failures.[6]
GS At the time of the failure of the first Ariane 5 ECA flight in 2002, all Ariane 5 launchers in production were ECA versions. Some of the ECA cores were modified to use the original Vulcain engine and tank volumes while the failure was investigated; these vehicles were designated Ariane 5 GS. The GS used the improved EAP boosters of the ECA variant and the improved EPS of the G+ variant, but the increased mass of the modified ECA core compared to the G and G+ core resulted in slightly reduced payload capacity.[7] Ariane 5 GS could carry a single payload of 6,600 kg (14,600 lb) or a dual payload of 5,800 kg (12,800 lb) to GTO. The Ariane 5 GS flew 6 times from 2005 to 2009 with no failures.[8]
ECA The Ariane 5 ECA (Evolution Cryotechnique type A), first successfully flown in 2005, uses an improved Vulcain 2 first-stage engine with a longer, more efficient nozzle with a more efficient flow cycle and denser propellant ratio. The new ratio required length modifications to the first-stage tanks. The EPS second stage was replaced by the ESC-A (Etage Supérieur Cryogénique-A), which has a dry weight of 2,100 kg (4,600 lb) and is powered by an HM-7B engine burning 14,000 kg (31,000 lb) of cryogenic propellant. The ESC-A uses the liquid oxygen tank and lower structure from the Ariane 4's H10 third stage, mated to a new liquid hydrogen tank. Additionally, the EAP booster casings were lightened with new welds and carry more propellant. The Ariane 5 ECA has a GTO launch capacity of 9,100 kg (20,100 lb) for dual payloads or 9,600 kg (21,200 lb) for a single payload.[9]
ES The Ariane 5 ES (Evolution Storable) has an estimated LEO launch capacity of 21,000 kg (46,000 lb). It includes all the performance improvements of Ariane 5 ECA core and boosters but replaces the ESC-A second stage with the restartable EPS used on Ariane 5 GS variants. It was used to launch the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) into a 260 km circular low Earth orbit inclined at 51.6° and will be used to launch four Galileo navigation satellites at a time directly into their operational orbit. [10]
ME The Ariane 5 ME (Mid-life Evolution) is currently under development. The first launch is scheduled for 2018.[11]

Future developments[edit]

Ariane 5 ME[edit]

The Ariane 5 ME (Mid-life Evolution) is currently in development and will replace Ariane 5 ECA and Ariane 5 ES. With first flight planned for 2018, it will become ESA's principal launcher until the arrival of the new Ariane 6 version.

The Ariane 5 ME uses a new upper stage, with increased propellant volume, powered by the new Vinci engine. Unlike the HM-7B engine, it can restart several times, allowing for complex orbital maneuvers such as insertion of two satellites into different orbits, direct insertion into geosynchronous orbit, planetary exploration missions, and guaranteed upper stage deorbiting or insertion into graveyard orbit.[12][13]

The new launcher also includes a lengthened fairing up to 20m and a new dual launch system to accommodate larger satellites. Compared to an Ariane 5 ECA model, the payload to GTO increases by 15% to 11.5 tonnes and the cost-per-kilogram of each launch is projected to decline by 20%.[12]

Development[edit]

Originally known as the Ariane 5 ECB, Ariane 5 ME was to have its first flight in 2006. However, the failure of the first ECA flight in 2002, combined with a deteriorating satellite industry, caused ESA to cancel development in 2003.[14] Development of the Vinci engine continued, though at a lower pace. The ESA Council of Ministers agreed to fund development of the new upper stage in November 2008.[15] In 2009, EADS Astrium was awarded a €200 million contract,[16] and on April 10, 2012 received another €112 million contract to continue development of the Ariane 5 ME[17] with total development effort expected to cost €1 billion ($1.35 billion).[18]

On 21 November 2012, ESA agreed to continue with the Ariane 5 ME to meet the challenge of lower priced competitors. It was agreed the Vinci upper stage would also be used as the second stage of a new Ariane 6, and further commonality would be sought.[13] Ariane 5 ME qualification flight is scheduled for mid-2018, followed by gradual introduction into service.[12]

Solid propellant stage[edit]

Work on the Ariane 5 EAP motors have been continued in the Vega programme. The Vega 1st stage engine—the P80 engine—is a shorter derivation of the EAP. The P80 booster casing is made of filament wound graphite epoxy, much lighter than the current stainless steel casing. A new composite steerable nozzle has been developed while new thermal insulation material and a narrower throat improve the expansion ratio and subsequently the overall performance. Additionally, the nozzle now has electromechanical actuators which have replaced the heavier hydraulic ones used for thrust vector control.

These developments will probably later make their way back into the Ariane programme.[13][19] The incorporation of the ESC-B with the improvements to the solid motor casing and an uprated Vulcain engine would deliver 27,000 kilograms (60,000 lb) to LEO. This would be developed for any lunar missions but the performance of such a design may not be possible if the higher Max-Q for the launch of this rocket poses a constraint on the mass delivered to orbit.[20]

Ariane 6[edit]

Main article: Ariane 6

The finalized design of the next generation rocket Ariane 6 calls for a smaller rocket capable of launching a single satellite of up to 6.5 tonnes to GTO. The current design features three identical solid motors as a first stage, a single similar solid motor as a second stage, and a liquid hydrogen-fueled cryogenic third stage powered by the same Vinci engine currently under development for the Ariane 5 ME.[21]

While ESA governments are scheduled to decide in December 2014 whether to proceed with full development, the chairman of the German Aerospace Center criticized the current form of the Ariane 6[21] and the satellite operators are concerned that the rocket will not be fully competitive.[22]

Development is projected to cost €4 billion. Its first test launch is set for 2021. Ariane 6 is planned to be launched for about €70 million ($96 million) per flight or about half of the Ariane 5 rocket's current price.[21]

Notable launches[edit]

Launch of the 34th Ariane 5 at Kourou

Ariane 5's first test flight (Ariane 5 Flight 501) on 4 June 1996 failed, with the rocket self-destructing 37 seconds after launch because of a malfunction in the control software.[23] A data conversion from 64-bit floating point value to 16-bit signed integer value to be stored in a variable representing horizontal bias caused a processor trap (operand error)[24] because the floating point value was too large to be represented by a 16-bit signed integer. The software was originally written for the Ariane 4 where efficiency considerations (the computer running the software had an 80% maximum workload requirement[24]) led to four variables being protected with a handler while three others, including the horizontal bias variable, were left unprotected because it was thought that they were "physically limited or that there was a large margin of error".[24] The software, written in Ada, was included in the Ariane 5 through the reuse of an entire Ariane 4 subsystem despite the fact that the particular software containing the bug, which was just a part of the subsystem, was not required by the Ariane 5 because it has a different preparation sequence[24] than the Ariane 4.

The second test flight (L502, on 30 October 1997) was a partial failure. The Vulcain nozzle caused a roll problem, leading to premature shutdown of the core stage. The upper stage operated successfully, but it could not reach the intended orbit.

A subsequent test flight (L503, on 21 October 1998) proved successful and the first commercial launch (L504) occurred on 10 December 1999 with the launch of the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory satellite.

Another partial failure occurred on 12 July 2001, with the delivery of two satellites into an incorrect orbit, at only half the height of the intended GTO. The ESA Artemis telecommunications satellite was able to reach its intended orbit on 31 January 2003, through the use of its experimental ion propulsion system.

The next launch did not occur until 1 March 2002, when the Envisat environmental satellite successfully reached an orbit 800 km above the Earth in the 11th launch. At 8111 kg, it was the heaviest single payload until the launch of the first ATV on March 9, 2008 (19,360 kg).

The first launch of the ECA variant on 11 December 2002 ended in failure when a main booster problem caused the rocket to veer off-course, forcing its self-destruction three minutes into the flight. Its payload of two communications satellites (Stentor and Hot Bird 7), valued at about EUR 630 million, was lost in the ocean. The fault was determined to have been caused by a leak in coolant pipes allowing the nozzle to overheat. After this failure, Arianespace SA delayed the expected January 2003 launch for the Rosetta mission to 26 February 2004, but this was again delayed to early March 2004 due to a minor fault in the foam that protects the cryogenic tanks on the Ariane 5. As of April 2014, the failure of the first ECA launch was the last failure of an Ariane 5; since then, all subsequent launches have been successful, with 59 consecutive successes that stretch back to 9 April 2003 with the launch of INSAT-3A and Galaxy 12 satellites.

On 27 September 2003 the last Ariane 5 G boosted three satellites (including the first European lunar probe, SMART-1), in Flight 162. On 18 July 2004 an Ariane 5 G+ boosted what was at the time the heaviest telecommunication satellite ever, Anik F2, weighing almost 6,000 kg.

The first successful launch of the Ariane 5 ECA took place on 12 February 2005. The payload consisted of the XTAR-EUR military communications satellite, a 'SLOSHSAT' small scientific satellite and a MaqSat B2 payload simulator. The launch had been originally scheduled for October 2004, but additional testing and the military requiring a launch at that time (of a Helios 2A observation satellite) delayed the attempt.

On 11 August 2005, the first Ariane 5GS (featuring the Ariane 5 ECA's improved solid motors) boosted Thaïcom-4/iPStar-1, the heaviest telecommunications satellite to date at 6,505 kg,[25] into orbit.

On 16 November 2005, the third Ariane 5 ECA launch (the second successful ECA launch) took place. It carried a dual payload consisting of Spaceway-F2 for DirecTV and Telkom-2 for PT Telekomunikasi of Indonesia. This was the rocket's heaviest dual payload to date, at more than 8,000 kg.

On 27 May 2006, an Ariane 5 ECA rocket set a new commercial payload lifting record of 8.2 tonnes. The dual-payload consisted of the Thaicom 5 and Satmex 6 satellites.[26]

On 4 May 2007 the Ariane 5 ECA set another new commercial record, lifting into transfer orbit the Astra 1L and Galaxy 17 communication satellites with a combined weight of 8.6 tonnes, and a total payload weight of 9.4 tonnes.[27] This record was again broken by another Ariane 5 ECA, launching the Skynet 5B and Star One C1 satellites, on 11 November 2007. The total payload weight for this launch was 9,535 kg.[28]

On 9 March 2008, the first Ariane 5 ES-ATV was launched to deliver the first ATV called Jules Verne to the International Space Station. The ATV was the heaviest payload ever launched by a European rocket, providing supplies to the space station with necessary propellant, water, air and dry cargo. This was the first operational Ariane mission which involved an engine restart in the upper stage. (The ES-ATV Aestus EPS upper stage was restartable while the ECA HM7-B engine was not.)

On 1 July 2009, an Ariane 5 ECA launched TerreStar-1, the largest commercial telecommunication satellite ever built.

On 28 October 2010, an Ariane 5 ECA launched Eutelsat's W3B (part of its W Series of satellites) and Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT)'s BSAT-3b satellites into orbit. However, the W3B satellite failed to operate shortly after the successful launch and was written off as a total loss due to an oxidizer leak in the satellite's main propulsion system.[29] The BSAT-3b satellite, however, is operating normally.[30]

On 22 April 2011, the Ariane 5 ECA flight VA-201 broke a commercial record, lifting Yahsat 1A and Intelsat New Dawn with a total payload weight of 10,064 kg to transfer orbit.[31] This record was later broken again during the launch of Ariane 5 ECA flight VA-208 on 2 August 2012, lifting a total of 10,182 kg into the planned geosynchronous transfer orbit.[32]

Launch history[edit]

Date
& Time (UTC)
Flight (Vol) Configuration Serial number Payload Result #
1996-06-04 12:34:06 V-88[33] 5G 501 Cluster Failure 1
1997-10-30 13:43:00 V-101 5G 502 MaqSat-H, TEAMSAT, MaqSat-B, YES Partial failure[34] 2
1998-10-21 16:37:21 V-112 5G 503 MaqSat 3, ARD Success 3
1999-12-10 14:32:07 V-119 5G 504 XMM-Newton Success 4
2000-03-21 23:28:19 V-128 5G 505 INSAT-3B, AsiaStar Success 5
2000-09-14 22:54:07 V-130 5G 506 Astra 2B, GE-7 Success 6
2000-11-16 01:07:07 V-135 5G 507 PAS-1R, Amsat P3D, STRV 1C, STRV 1D Success 7
2000-12-20 00:26:00 V-138 5G 508 Astra 2D, GE-8, LDREX Success 8
2001-03-08 22:51:00 V-140 5G 509 Eutelsat 28A, BSAT-2a Success 9
2001-07-12 22:58:00 V-142 5G 510 Artemis, BSAT-2b Partial failure[35] 10
2002-03-01 01:07:59 V-145 5G 511 Envisat Success 11
2002-07-05 23:22:00 V-153 5G 512 Stellat 5, N-Star c Success 12
2002-08-28 22:45:00 V-155 5G 513 Atlantic Bird 1, Meteosat 8 Success 13
2002-12-11 22:22:00 V-157 5ECA 517 Hot Bird 7, Stentor Failure[36] 14
2003-04-09 22:52:19 V-160 5G 514 INSAT-3A, Galaxy 12 Success 15
2003-06-11 22:38:15 V-161 5G 515 Optus and Defence C1, BSAT-2c Success 16
2003-09-27 23:14:46 V-162 5G 516 INSAT-3E, eBird 1, SMART-1 Success 17
2004-03-02 07:17:44 V-158 5G+ 518 Rosetta Success 18
2004-07-18 00:44:00 V-163 5G+ 519 Anik F2 Success 19
2004-12-18 16:26:00 V-165 5G+ 520 Helios 2A, Essaim 1, 2, 3, 4, PARASOL, Nanosat 01 Success 20
2005-02-12 21:03:00 V-164 5ECA 521 XTAR-EUR, Maqsat-B2, Sloshsat Success 21
2005-08-11 08:20:00 V-166 5GS 523 Thaicom 4 Success 22
2005-10-13 22:32:00 V-168 5GS 524 Syracuse 3A, Galaxy 15 Success 23
2005-11-16 23:46:00 V-167 5ECA 522 Spaceway F2, TELKOM-2 Success 24
2005-12-21 22:33:00 V-169 5GS 525 INSAT-4A, Meteosat 9 Success 25
2006-03-11 22:32:50 V-170 5ECA 527 Spainsat, Hot Bird 7A Success[37] 26
2006-05-27 21:09 V-171 5ECA 529 Satmex 6, Thaicom 5 Success[38] 27
2006-08-11 22:15 V-172 5ECA 531 JCSAT-10, Syracuse 3B Success[39] 28
2006-10-13 20:56 V-173 5ECA 533 DirecTV-9S, Optus D1, LDREX-2 Success[40] 29
2006-12-08 22:08 V-174 5ECA 534 WildBlue 1, AMC-18 Success[41] 30
2007-03-11 22:03 V-175 5ECA 535 Skynet 5A, INSAT-4B Success[42] 31
2007-05-04 22:29 V-176 5ECA 536 Astra 1L, Galaxy 17 Success[43] 32
2007-08-14 23:44 V-177 5ECA 537 Spaceway-3, BSAT-3A Success[44] 33
2007-10-05 22:02 V-178 5GS 526 Intelsat 11, Optus D2 Success[45] 34
2007-11-14 22:06 V-179 5ECA 538 Skynet 5B, Star One C1 Success[46] 35
2007-12-21 21:41 V-180 5GS 530 RASCOM-QAF 1, Horizons-2 Success[47] 36
2008-03-09 04:03 V-181 5ES 528 ATV-1 "Jules Verne" Success[48] 37
2008-04-18 22:17 V-182 5ECA 539 Star One C2, Vinasat-1 Success[49] 38
2008-06-12 22:05 V-183 5ECA 540 Turksat 3A, Skynet 5C Success[50] 39
2008-07-07 21:47 V-184 5ECA 541 Badr-6, ProtoStar I Success[51] 40
2008-08-14 20:44 V-185 5ECA 542 AMC-21, Superbird 7 Success[52] 41
2008-12-20 22:35 V-186 5ECA 543 Eutelsat W2M, Hot Bird 9 Success[53] 42
2009-02-12 22:09 V-187 5ECA 545 Hot Bird 10, NSS-9, Spirale A, Spirale B Success[54] 43
2009-05-14 13:12 V-188 5ECA 546 Herschel, Planck Success[55] 44
2009-07-01 19:52 V-189 5ECA 547 TerreStar-1 Success[56] 45
2009-08-21 22:09 V-190 5ECA 548 JCSAT-12, Optus D3 Success[57] 46
2009-10-01 21:59 V-191 5ECA 549 Amazonas 2, COMSATBw-1 Success[58] 47
2009-10-29 20:00 V-192 5ECA 550 NSS-12, Thor 6 Success[59] 48
2009-12-18 16:26 V-193 5GS 532 Helios 2B Success[60] 49
2010-05-21 22:01 V-194 5ECA 551 Astra 3B, COMSATBw-2 Success[61] 50
2010-06-26 21:41 V-195 5ECA 552 Arabsat-5A, COMS-1 Success[62] 51
2010-08-04 20:59 V-196 5ECA 554 Nilesat 201, RASCOM-QAF 1R Success[63] 52
2010-10-28 21:51 V-197 5ECA 555 Eutelsat W3B, BSAT-3b Success[64] 53
2010-11-26 18:39 V-198 5ECA 556 Intelsat 17, HYLAS 1 Success[65] 54
2010-12-29 21:27 V-199 5ECA 557 Koreasat 6, HispaSat-1E Success[66] 55
2011-02-16 21:50 V-200 5ES 544 ATV-2 "Johannes Kepler" Success[67] 56
2011-04-22 21:37 VA-201 5ECA 558 Yahsat 1A, Intelsat New Dawn Success[31] 57
2011-05-20 20:38 VA-202 5ECA 559 ST-2, GSAT-8 Success[68] 58
2011-08-06 22:52 VA-203 5ECA 560 Astra 1N, BSAT 3c Success[69] 59
2011-09-21 21:38 VA-204 5ECA 561 Arabsat 5C, SES-2 Success[70] 60
2012-03-23 04:34 VA-205 5ES 553 ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi" Success[71] 61
2012-05-15 22:13 VA-206 5ECA 562 JCSAT-13, Vinasat-2 Success[72] 62
2012-07-05 21:36 VA-207 5ECA 563 EchoStar XVII, MSG-3 Success[73] 63
2012-08-02 20:54 VA-208 5ECA 564 INTELSAT 20, HYLAS 2 Success[74] 64
2012-09-28 21:18 VA-209 5ECA 565 Astra 2F, GSAT-10 Success[75] 65
2012-11-10 21:05 VA-210 5ECA 566 Eutelsat 21B, Star One C3 Success[76] 66
2012-12-19 21:49 VA-211 5ECA 567 Skynet 5D, MEXSAT-3 Success[77] 67
2013-02-07 21:36 VA-212 5ECA 568 Amazonas-3, Azerspace-1/Africasat-1a Success[78] 68
2013-06-05 21:52 VA-213 5ES 592 ATV-4 "Albert Einstein" Success[79] 69
2013-07-25 19:54 VA-214 5ECA 569 Alphasat I-XL, INSAT-3D Success[80] 70
2013-08-29 20:30 VA-215 5ECA 570 Eutelsat 25B / Es'hail 1, GSAT-7 Success[81] 71
2014-02-06 21:30 VA-217 5ECA 572 ABS-2, Athena-Fidus Success[82] 72
2014-03-22 22:04 VA-216 5ECA 571 Astra 5B, Amazonas 4A Success[83] 73
2014-07-29 23:47 VA-219 5ES 593 ATV-5 "Georges Lemaître" Success[84] 74
2014-09-11 22:05 VA-218 5ECA 573 MEASAT 3b, Optus 10 Success[85] 75
2014-10-16 21:43 VA-220 5ECA 574 Intelsat 30, ARSAT-1 Success[86] 76
2014-12-06 20:40 VA-221 5ECA 575 DirecTV-14, GSAT-16 Success[87] 77

Scheduled flights[edit]

Date Flight Configuration Serial number Payload Result
2015-03-?? VA-222 5ECA Thor-7, SIRCAL-2

Statistics[edit]

Ariane 5 – Flights by Rocket Configuration
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012

      G         G+         GS         ECA         ES (ATV)

Ariane 5 – Flights by Mission Result
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012

      Success         Failure         Partial Failure

Ariane 5 launch statistics as of the end of 2014. Source: data from wikitable Launch history.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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