Ariane achievements highlighted in new films To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Ariane launch, ESA, Arianespace and CNES, the French space agency, are showing two films on a large outdoor screen in the centre of Paris highlighting the successes of the rocket family. These achievements underline Europe’s exceptional capabilities supported by a common space ambition. The videos will soon be shown in a host of other European locations that are part of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), including Barcelona, Bremen, Lampoldshausen, Liège and Madrid. ESA is making the videos available online to ensure that all Europeans have a chance to view the history of the European space programme. CVA is an association that assists the economic, cultural and educational development of the cities and citizens who contribute to European space activities. Major space industries are also members of the CVA, and ESA is an honorary member. Ariane has launched some of ESA’s most important missions of the past 30 years, including Giotto, XMM-Newton, Artemis, Envisat, Rosetta and ATV Jules Verne. On 18 December 2009, an Ariane 5 GS launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on a journey to place the French military reconnaissance satellite Helios-2B into Sun-synchronous polar orbit. Flight V193 was the seventh Ariane 5 launch of 2009 and used the last of the GS variant of the launcher. Liftoff of the 49th Ariane 5 mission took place at 17:26 CET/Paris (16:26 UTC; 13:26 French Guiana). The satellite was accurately injected into its target orbit about 59 minutes later. The payload mass for this launch was 5954 kg; the satellite mass was 4200 kg, with payload adapters and dispensers making up the additional 1754 kg. Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
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