July 5th 2012 - 22:11 UTC

MSG-3 the final payload on this flight has separated! Another Ariane 5 mission has gone flawlessly. The next Ariane 5 is scheduled for August 2nd 2012 and will carry the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 payloads.

July 5th 2012 - 22:08 UTC

The Sylda adapter, a black cylinder that sits over the second payload on an Ariane 5, has separated from the vehicle. This allows the second payload, MSG-3 for this flight, to separate.

July 5th 2012 - 22:04 UTC

EchoStar 17 has separated!

July 5th 2012 - 22:01 UTC

The upper stage has shut down as planned and is orientating into position for payload release.

July 5th 2012 - 21:46 UTC

The upper stage has ignited and has begun to burn it's 16 tons of propellent.

July 5th 2012 - 21:45 UTC

The main stage has cut off on time and the entire main stage has separated from the upper stage.

July 5th 2012 - 21:43 UTC

The main stage engine continues to burn normally as the vehicle heads to the next major milestone, main stage separation at T+9:05 M.

July 5th 2012 - 21:40 UTC

With the rocket high enough in altitude the payload fairing has separated from the two payloads.

July 5th 2012 - 21:38 UTC

The two solid rocket boosters have separated from the main stage. With their fuel burnt they are no longer required and fall back to Earth.

July 5th 2012 - 21:37 UTC

The main engine and two boosters are performing normally as the rocket rotates east.

July 5th 2012 - 21:36 UTC

Main engine ignition and lift off!

July 5th 2012 - 21:30 UTC

The countdown is at T-7 minutes and counting, Computers are checking all parameters are 'GO' for launch, If they find anything wrong, clocks will be reset to this mark, T-7 minutes.

July 5th 2012 - 21:16 UTC

Everything is on track for tonights launch of the 63rd Ariane 5 and 3rd Ariane 5 launch of 2012. The rocket sits fuelled on the launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana. The launch window tonight is from 21:36 UTC to 22:05 UTC, Countdown clocks are ticking for a launch at the start of the window currently.

July 5th 2012 - 07:50 UTC

Launch is a 'GO' for today July 5th 2012 at 21:36 UTC. Rollout of the Ariane 5 occurred yesterday.

June 29th 2012 - 02:35 UTC

Payload integration has been completed in the Final Assembly Building as the EchoStar 17 telecommunications satellite was mated above the MSG-3 satellite which was installed on June 27th. Once that was complete the payload fairing was lowered over both vehicles. The next milestone will be a launch rehearsal and testing before the launch readiness review and rollout to the launch pad.

June 28th 2012 - 01:50 UTC

The final payload integration began yesterday as the metrological satellite MSG-3 was mated atop the Ariane 5 launcher, It was placed in the lower position and will be released second after EchoStar 17 which will be placed above MSG-3.

June 19th 2012 - 22:00 UTC

The MSG-3 satellite is being fuelled at Kourou ahead of launch on July 5th. Specialists in SCAPE outfits began loaded the craft with MMH and MON.

June 11th 2012 - 18:00 UTC

Launch has been postponed to July 5th 2012 at 21:36 UTC, 18:36 Local time to allow engineers to check out the EchoStar 17 satellite. EchoStar 17 is a Ka-band broadband satellite to provide broadband services for North America.

May 22nd 2012 - 12:30 UTC

The Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) is seen in the following photo as it undergoes final pre-launch processing ahead of launch on an Ariane 5 set for June 19th.

MSG-3 weighs around 2000kg and will provide detailed weather imagery of the North Atlantic, Europe and Africa for meteorologists and forecasters on the ground.

May 11th 2012 - 14:00 UTC

EchoStar 17 arrived in French Guiana today, Arriving on a Russian Antonov 124. The EchoStar XVII will provide broadband services to North America.