December 19th 2012 - 22:30 UTC

Videos of the processing highlights and of launch are now available at the bottom of this page. Thank you for viewing our launches on site throughout 2012, here is to another very successful 2013.

December 19th 2012 - 22:25 UTC

T+36 Minutes: SEPARATION OF MEXSAT 3! The final passenger Mexsat 3 has successfully separated into orbit completing a very successful mission for Arianespace.

December 19th 2012 - 22:16 UTC

T+27 Minutes: SEPARATION OF SKYNET 5D! The first passenger Skynet 5D for Britain has successfully separated from the vehicle.

December 19th 2012 - 22:15 UTC

T+25 Minutes: The upper stage has shut down on time as the vehicle is now at 700km at a speed of 9.3km/s.

December 19th 2012 - 22:05 UTC

T+15 Minutes: The upper stage burn continues well as the vehicle is currently traveling at 7.8km/s at a height of 165km.

December 19th 2012 - 21:58 UTC

T+9 Minutes: The upper stage has ignited for it's 16 minute burn.

December 19th 2012 - 21:58 UTC

T+9 Minutes: The main first stage has shut down and separated right on schedule.

December 19th 2012 - 21:52 UTC

T+3 Minutes, 30 Seconds: The payload fairing halves have now separated from the vehicle, no longer required as the vehicle is in the thinner air of the atmosphere.

December 19th 2012 - 21:51 UTC

T+2 Minutes, 30 Seconds: The two solid rocket boosters have separated right on time and are falling away either side of the main stage.

December 19th 2012 - 21:51 UTC

T+2 Minutes: Everything is going nominally in flight, coming up on solid rocket booster jettison.

December 19th 2012 - 21:49 UTC

T+7 Seconds: LIFTOFF! An Ariane 5 rocket has lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana on the final orbital mission of 2012.

December 19th 2012 - 21:49 UTC

T-0 Seconds: The main first stage has ignited.

December 19th 2012 - 21:48 UTC

T-1 Minute and counting.

December 19th 2012 - 21:42 UTC

Power has been passed from ground to onboard computers. The two computers onboard, one for fluids and one for electrical will control every aspect of the vehicle during flight.

December 19th 2012 - 21:40 UTC

Skies above Kourou are clear as the countdown passes T-10 minutes. At T-7 minutes the automated countdown sequence begins.

December 19th 2012 - 21:35 UTC

The status board shows all greens in the Ariane 5 mission control center.

December 19th 2012 - 18:30 UTC

Fueling is now underway at the spaceport in French Guiana. The mighty 5.4-meter diameter first stage takes 130 tonnes of liquid oxygen and 25 tonnes of liquid hydrogen. The second stage will also be filled with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.

December 19th 2012 - 10:00 UTC

The Ariane 5 rocket for tonight's launch rolled out to the launch pad yesterday from the Final Assembly Building to Launch Complex 3 at the Spaceport in Kourou French Guiana.

December 18th 2012 - 15:30 UTC

Lift off of the seventh Ariane 5 of 2012 is scheduled for December 18th 2012 at 21:49 UTC. This flight will be the 67th launch of an Ariane 5 and will deliver 7735kg of payload into geostationary transfer orbit.

The two payloads are Skynet 5D for Astrium and Mexsat 3 for the Mexico Secretary of Communications and Trnasportation. Skynet 5D is a military satellite and will provide communications and broadband for armed services. Mexsat 3 has 12 Ku and C-Band transponders and will provide communications for Mexico.