September 28th 2012 - 22:25 UTC

Video of the launch is now available at the bottom of this page.

September 28th 2012 - 21:48 UTC

T+ 30 Minutes: FINAL SEPARATION! The second passenger GSAT-10 for ISRO has now separated from the upper stage.

September 28th 2012 - 21:47 UTC

T+ 28 Minutes: The SYLDA, a black cylinder which was around GSAT-10 has now separated.

September 28th 2012 - 21:45 UTC

T+ 27 Minutes: SEPARATION! The first passenger, ASTRA 2F for SES has separated from the upper stage. Next a black cylinder called SYLDA will be separated to reveal the second passenger, GSAT-10.

September 28th 2012 - 21:43 UTC

T+ 25 Minutes: The upper stage single engine has now shut down on time. The first satellite, ASTRA 2F will be separated in 2 minutes.

September 28th 2012 - 21:27 UTC

T+ 9 Minutes: The upper stage has now ignited and is the final part of flight.

September 28th 2012 - 21:26 UTC

T+ 9 Minutes: The first stage engine has now shut down on time which was quickly followed by separation of the first stage from the upper stage and payloads.

September 28th 2012 - 21:25 UTC

T+ 7 Minutes: The flight continues on the planned flight path, The first stage will burn for two more minutes before shutting down and separating.

September 28th 2012 - 21:22 UTC

Confirmation of the payload fairing separation. The two halves protect the payloads and are no longer needed for the later parts of flight.

September 28th 2012 - 21:21 UTC

T+2:30: The two solid rocket boosters have separated from the first stage. They fall 500km from shore as the first stage will continue to burn for 5 more minutes.

September 28th 2012 - 21:19 UTC

Everything is nominal as the Ariane rises above the clouds.

September 28th 2012 - 21:18 UTC

T+7 Seconds: LIFT OFF!

September 28th 2012 - 21:17 UTC

T-0: The first stage has ignited.

September 28th 2012 - 21:10 UTC

Power has been transferred to the onboard computers as the countdown enters the automated sequence start.

September 28th 2012 - 18:30 UTC

Fueling is well underway at the French Guiana launch site tonight. Lift off remains on schedule for 21:18 UTC. The Ariane 5 was rolled out to the launch pad yesterday with the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 payloads.

September 26th 2012 - 23:40 UTC

Launch has been approved for September 28th 2012 at 09:18 UTC after the Launch Readiness Review which was held today. Rollout of the Ariane 5 will occur tomorrow.

September 25th 2012 - 00:50 UTC

Lift off of the fifth Ariane 5 of 2012 is scheduled for September 28th 2012 at 21:18 UTC. This flight will be the 65th launch of an Ariane 5 and will deliver 10,200kg of payload into geostationary transfer orbit.

The two payloads are ASTRA 2F for SES and GSAT-10 for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ASTRA 2F will provide Ku and Ka band communications for Europa, the Middle East and Africa at 28.2 degrees East. GSAT-10 will provide C-band and Ku-band communications from 83 degrees East.