Ariane 5 orbited two satellites

© AFP 2018 / Jody AmietСтарт of the Ariane 5 rocket. Archival photoAriane 5 orbited two satellites© 2018 AFP / Jody Amiet

The Ariane 5, launched from Kourou in French Guiana, managed to put into orbit two communications satellites, despite the loss of communication with the media, said the operator Arianespace.

The launch occurred on Thursday at 19.20 local time (01.20 Friday GMT). On Board the rocket were two communications satellites: SES the Luxembourg-14 and Al Yah 3 from the UAE.

Earlier it was reported that communication with the rocket was lost after turning on the engine of the second stage.

«Both satellites were separated (from a rocket) and are in orbit. SES-14 and Al Yah 3 are connected to respective control centers. Both missions continue,» — said in a statement.

Ariane 5 is a European rocket designed to launch cargo into low earth orbit. Launches of Ariane-5 produced from Kourou in French Guiana. For the development of Ariane-5 took about 10 years and $ 7 billion.