Ariane 5 rocket launches 2 communications satellites to orbit

Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket roared back into action Friday (July 30) after nearly a yearlong hiatus.

An Ariane 5 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT; 6 p.m. local time in Kourou), carrying two communications satellites to orbit. Both spacecraft were deployed as planned less than 40 minutes after liftoff.

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