Ariane 5 launches Skynet 5D (VA211)

<p>53rd consecutive successful launch of Ariane 5, and the seventh this year, confirming its status as the most reliable commercial launcher currently in service<br /><br />Three Astrium prime contractorships: Astrium Space Transportation for the Ariane 5 launcher, Astrium Satellites for the Skynet 5D satellite, and Astrium Services for the operation of the Skynet 5 programme on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence<br /><br />Three Astrium-built satellites launched within a period of less than three weeks: Pléiades 1B, Eutelsat 70B and Skynet 5D</p>

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