Arianespaces Ariane 5 launcher has begun its latest mission from the Spaceport, carrying four satellites for Europes Galileo navigation system.
Lifting off at exactly 10:06:48 a.m. local time in French Guiana, the heavy-lift vehicle is to deploy its passengers on a flight lasting approximately 3 hrs., 55 min.
Payload lift performance for todays mission which is designated Flight VA233 in Arianespaces launcher family numbering system is estimated at 3,290 kg.
Galileo is an important infrastructure program for Europe, creating a civil global satellite navigation system that provides highly-accurate positioning with great precision and reliability.
It is funded by the European Union, with overall responsibility for management and implementation held by the European Commission while design and development of the new generation of systems and infrastructure has been assigned to the European Space Agency.