A milestone over 22 years in the making. Tuesday saw the Ariane 5 rocket conduct its 100th flight, placing two telecommunications satellites into orbit in the process. The Ariane 5, managed and operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana in South America at the end of a 45-minute launch window at 22:38 UTC (18:38 EDT) following a hold during the countdown.
The 100th flight of Ariane 5 also marked the 300th mission of Arianespace’s three-member rocket family. Arianespace, founded in 1980, is a multinational company responsible for the operation and commercial marketing of the Ariane launch program.