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An indirect casualty of the Vulcain 2 problem was the Rosetta mission, intended for launch in January 2003. The postponement caused it to miss the 10-day window

In addition to two communications satellites, the Ariane V launched on 27 September 2003 carried the SMART 1 spacecraft.

Ariane V deployed Anik F2 which, at 6 tonnes, was its heaviest single geosynchronous transfer orbit pay-load to date.

In addition to two communications satellites, the Ariane V launched on 27 September 2003 carried the SMART 1 spacecraft.

needed to undertake the assigned cometary rendezvous. It was grounded while a new flight plan was developed. The storage and other costs imposed by this delay amounted to some 70 million Euros, which was almost as much as the cost of entire SMART 1 mission!57 The launch of Galaxy 12 for PanAmSat and Insat 3A for India had been set for 28 February, but was delayed by the investigation into the loss of the Ariane V-ESC-A. On being rescheduled to 31 March, it was postponed to 10 April to allow additional checks.58,5S An Australian and a Japanese satellite rode up together on 11 June, and then on 27 September E-Bird for Eutelsat and Insat 3E were joined by the European Space Agency's SMART 1 spacecraft, which later lit its ion engine to spiral slowly out to the Moon.60 The Rosetta spacecraft was finally dispatched on 2 March 2004. On 18 July an

Ariane V deployed Anik F2 which, at 6 tonnes, was its heaviest single geosynchronous transfer orbit pay-load to date.

An artist's impression of the Rosetta spacecraft in the proximity of a cometary nucleus.

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