Ariane 5 successfully launches two satellites

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Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket today successfully launched a Japanese communications satellite and a South Korean landsat satellite.

The standings in the 2020 launch race:

3 China
3 SpaceX
2 Arianespace (Europe)
1 Rocket Lab
1 Russia
1 Japan
1 Northrop Grumman

The U.S. continues to lead China 6 to 3 in the national rankings.


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  • sippin_bourbon

    I watched this launch.
    The plume looked like it flared and subsided several times.

    At first I thought there was a roll program, and I was seeing it alternate with the boosters.
    But then later, they showed it flying, with no roll.
    Then I thought it might just be cloud interference. Was very hard to tell.

    This was my first time watching an Arianespace launch.
    They have it packaged nicely with music and interviews, etc, like SpaceX.
    Was entertaining.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Out of curiosity, does CNSA not broadcast launches.
    I checked for a live stream and did not see one.

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