Launch of Ariane 5 with EchoStar 17 and MSG-3

An Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana today at 21:36 UTC. The rocket carried the MSG-3 weather satellite for EUMESAT of Europe as well as the EchoStar 17 broadband telecommunications satellite which will provide broadband services for North America.

This was the 63rd launch of an Ariane 5 and the third flight of 2012.

Source: Arianespace

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