Ariane 5 ECA | Herschel & Planck

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the Herschel & Planck mission. The launch window for the Astrophysics mission was on Thu, May 14th, 2009, 9:12 AM EDT from Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Ariane 5 ECA and experience the excitement for yourself.


Herschel & Planck

Herschel is a space observatory for the ESA. It is a infrared telescope and the largest ever launched to date. NASA is however a partner in this mission. Planck is also an ESA space observatory but maps cosmic microwave background.


Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou

Kourou, French Guiana


Ariane 5 ECA

Ariane 5 is a heavy-lift launch vehicle, part of the Ariane rocket family.


Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.