PARIS – European launch consortium Arianespace launched two telecommunications satellites atop an Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift rocket on Dec. 6, delivering the DirecTV-14 spacecraft and India’s GSAT-16 to geostationary transfer orbit. Following liftoff at 5:40 p.m. local time from Europe’s Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, the DirecTV-14 spacecraft was deployed first in the flight sequence, separating from Ariane 5 nearly 28 min. after launch. It was followed 4 min. ...

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