Ariane Rocket Launches Intelsat Bird

An Ariane 44L rocket successfully launched an Intelsat 905 telecommunications satellite into orbit on Wednesday – liftoff was at 0644 GMT (2:44am EDT) from Kourou, French Guiana. Once in its final position, the Intelsat 905 will provide Ku-band coverage for much of North America and Western Europe. This was the seventh launch of the year for Arianespace.