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Ariane 5 has a commonly-used dual-launch capability where up to two large geostationary belt communication satellites can be mounted using a SYLDA carrier (Système de Lancement Double Ariane, "Ariane Double-Launch System").
Up to three, somewhat smaller, main satellites are possible depending on size using SPELTRA (Structure Porteuse Externe Lancement Triple Ariane, "Ariane Triple-Launch External Carrier Structure").
The rockets are launched by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.
Ariane 5 succeeded Ariane 4, but was not derived from it directly as Ariane 5 was developed from scratch.
ESA originally designed Ariane 5 to launch the Hermes spaceplane, and thus intended it to be human rated from the beginning.
(Unlike Space Shuttle SRBs, Ariane 5 boosters are not reused.) The most recent attempt was for the first Ariane 5 ECA mission.
One of the two boosters was successfully recovered and returned to the Guiana Space Center for analysis.
Attached to the sides are two P241 (P238 for Ariane 5 G and G ) solid rocket boosters (SRBs or EAPs from the French Étages d’Accélération à Poudre), each weighing about 277 tonnes full and delivering a thrust of about 7,080 kilonewtons (1,590,000 pounds-force).
They are fueled by a mix of ammonium perchlorate (68%) and aluminum fuel (18%) and HTPB (14%).
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