French aerospace power: the Ariane V roars into space

What happened in Paris a few days ago was shocking, horrible, and all the things that the perpetrators no doubt intended.  It’s a beautiful city, full of wonderful people, and it’s very sad when something like this happens to it.  But it is a strong city, and it will go on.  I will post more on the subject later, once I have all my thoughts in order, because this is important to get right.

But in the meantime, as I do like to post rocket launch videos, it seems appropriate to bring up the latest launch of a French rocket: the mighty Ariane V, departing from Kourou in French Guiana.  Last week, it carried a dual payload of Arabsat-6B and GSAT15.  Arabsat-6B is a commsat built by Airbus with communications payloads from Thales intended to serve television and broadband Internet customers across Africa, central Asia, and the Mideast.  GSAT15 is owned and operated by the Indian Space Research Organization and will provide communications services for a variety of customers but primarily civil aviation and emergency services in India, with also a navigation payload to provide a domestic satellite navigation capability.

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