February 7th 2013 - 22:20 UTC

Videos of the launch and processing of the rocket and satellites are now available at the bottom of this page.

February 7th 2013 - 22:11 UTC

T+35m: AZERSPACE-1 SEPARATION! The second and final payload has successfully separated.

February 7th 2013 - 22:10 UTC

T+34m: The black 'Sylda', a cylinder, covering the second passenger has successfully separated.

February 7th 2013 - 22:04 UTC

T+28m: AMAZONAS-3 SEPARATION! The first passenger, Amazonas-3 has successfully separated.

February 7th 2013 - 22:01 UTC

T+25m: Confirmation that the upper stage has shut down right on time. The Ariane 5 has now reached it's coast phase.

February 7th 2013 - 21:56 UTC

T+20m: Another 4 minutes left in the upper stage burn. Everything is going well in the mission.

February 7th 2013 - 21:46 UTC

T+9m: The upper stage has ignited! This burn will last around 16 minutes.

February 7th 2013 - 21:45 UTC

T+9m: Confirmation that the main stage has cut off and separated from the upper stage.

February 7th 2013 - 21:41 UTC

T+4m: The main stage is continuing to burn well, it will burn for another 5 minutes.

February 7th 2013 - 21:40 UTC

T+3m18s: The payload fairing has separated revealing the payload.

February 7th 2013 - 21:39 UTC

T+2m20s: The two solid rocket boosters have burnt out and separated from the main stage which continues to burn for another 6 minutes.

February 7th 2013 - 21:37 UTC

T+1m: The flight is nominal so far.

February 7th 2013 - 21:36 UTC

T+7s: LIFTOFF! The very first Ariane 5 of 2013 has lifted off from the spaceport in French Guiana.

February 7th 2013 - 21:36 UTC

T-0: Main engined has ignited!

February 7th 2013 - 21:35 UTC

T-1m: Into the final countdown for Ariane.

February 7th 2013 - 21:30 UTC

T-7m: The automated sequence has begun. Power is being transferred from the ground to the two onboard computers.

February 7th 2013 - 21:25 UTC

Everything is green and 'GO' for tonights first Ariane launch this year.

February 7th 2013 - 13:30 UTC

Lift off of the first Ariane 5 of 2013 is scheduled for February 7th 2013 at 21:36 UTC. This flight will be the 68th launch of an Ariane 5 and will deliver 10,350kg of payload into geostationary transfer orbit.

The two payloads are Amazonas 3 for Hispasat and Africasat-1a for Azercosmos OJSC. Amazonas 3 has 33 Ku-band transponders, 19 C-band transponders and 9 Ka-band transponders to provide a wide range of telecommunications and broadcast for Europe, America and North Africa. Africasat-1a has 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders to provide telecommunications for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.