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From: BBC: Expectations ride on super-rocket
The 50m-high (160ft) vehicle exploded four minutes into its first mission in 2002, destroying a telecoms payload valued at 600 million euros (£410m).
Rocket operator Arianespace believes it has fixed the cause of the failure and is betting its future on the ECA.
Lift-off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana is timed for a launch window that runs from 1949 to 2110GMT.
The ECA will carry two satellites: the Spanish XTAR-EUR military communications payload and an experimental spacecraft, called SloshSat, which will study how fluids behave in orbit.
At lift-off, it is calculated that the 780-tonne ECA will be producing 13,000 kiloNewtons of thrust, and at maximum velocity, some 640km (400 miles) above the Earth, its upper stage will be travelling at more than 9km/s (5.5 miles/s).
Europe has launched its most powerful rocket to date - the Ariane 5-ECA.
The 50m-high (160ft) vehicle blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 2103 GMT, putting eight tonnes of satellite payload into orbit.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
It looks like it's up.
Originally posted by Murcielago
what did it haul and in what orbit is it droping em off at?
Originally posted by Hellmutt
I found this. Note the smoke belching out to the left and right near the end of the sequence.