Ariane 5 liftoff on flight VA233

by European Space Agency
Liftoff of Ariane flight VA233, carrying four Galileo satellites, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 17 November 2016. Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016


Ariane V rockets four Galileo satellites into orbit

Incredible photographs of yesterday’s Ariane V launch carrying four Galileo navigation satellites for Europe. This was the 75th consecutive success of the Ariane V rocket since 2003, as well as its longest mission to date at almost four hours. 

Liftoff occurred from ELA-2 at the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana, at 8:06am EDT November 17.

Ariane V now has more consecutive successes than the Ariane 4 rocket, which flew 74 flawless missions in a row before its retirement in 2003.


Stunning Soyuz launch lofts Sentinel 1B.

Europe’s Sentinel 1B Earth observation satellite successfully launched yesterday, April 24, 2016. Liftoff occurred at 5:02pm EDT from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana, South America.

Soyuz experienced maximum aerodynamic pressure, or Max-Q, at 48 seconds into the flight, as seen in the fourth gif. Multiple vapor cones are forming around the nose of the vehicle, which are formed when there is a sudden drop in localized air pressure.

Two minutes and 8 seconds after liftoff, the rocket’s four strap-on boosters separated, forming what ground observers term a “Korolev Cross,” from the cross-shaped pattern visible as they fall away. One minute and 10 seconds later, the payload fairing separates, exposing the Sentinel 1B satellite to the environment of space.

At T+4 minutes and 50 seconds, the third stage ignites its engines and the second stage separates. Soyuz uses a ‘hot fire’ engine technique for the third stage, meaning the engines ignite while the second stage is still attached. In the final gif, this is the yellow-orange flash.

After the Sentinel 1B satellite was successfully placed into its proper orbit 23 minutes and 35 seconds after launch, the Fregat upper stage deployed four smaller satellites for France, Belgium, Denmark and Italy.

So like… Can we please talk about why there are so many KHR seiyuus in Mushishi? Seriously.

Kokubun Yukari: Tsuna -> Biki (Ep. 2)

Inoue Suguru: Yamamoto -> Seijirou (Ep. 19)

Inamura Yuuna: Kyoko -> Hana (Ep. 13)

Matsuyama Takashi: Tsuyoshi -> Kourou’s Father (Ep. 7) Forever the dad

Suzuki Masami: Lal Mirch -> Isana (Ep. 22)

Akesaka Satomi: Chrome -> Nami (Ep. 8)

Sanpei Yuko: Fuuta -> Shinra (Ep. 1)

Maeda Takeshi: Lancia -> Kourou (Ep. 7) and some other people (Ep. 8, 9, 13, 24)

Uchiyama Kouki: Enma (His seiyuu for Vomic) -> Tatsu (2nd Season Ep. 4)

Nakagawa Akira: Shoichi’s Mother -> Biki’s Mother (Ep. 2) She’s Tsuna’s mom in this one

Ootani Miki: Hana -> Villagers (Ep. 23 and 24)

Kawahara Yoshihisa: Glo Xinia -> Man (Ep. 4)

Yara Yuusaku: Timoteo (Vongola Ninth) -> Head Fisherman (2nd Season Ep. 2)

Iwasaki Masami: Iemitsu -> Man (Ep. 7)

Naitou Ryo: Ken -> A lot of people actually (Ep.  3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 23, 24, 26) 

and the most unbelievable of all…
Nakano Yuto: Levi -> Ginko (THE MAIN CHARACTER)


Galileo Soyuz VS13 liftoff

by European Space Agency
Liftoff of Galileo satellites 11 and 12 aboard Soyuz VS13 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 11:51 GMT (12:51 CET, 08:51 local time) on Thursday 17 December 2015. Credit: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE–Optique Video du CSG, S. Martin, 2015