Saturday, 16 November 2013

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A SPECIAL KIND...

I encountered it...
I encountered this monument.
I encountered this gigantic monument.
I met "HER".

HER, the fascinating Ariane V.
This monument travels by boat, by road and by plane before reaching its final destination in French Guiana...

I was an intern at Arianespace and was lucky to attend the maiden flight of the ARIANE V rocket first launched (many years ago I concede...).
Unfortunately, the exciting blast off ended few seconds afterwards due to an error in the software design...
I saw my gigantic monument disintegrate and self-destruct through its automated flight termination system. ..
Fortunately, it went on to enjoy great success...
Here is the latest flight  of this supersonic "grande dame" ... 

69th Ariane 5 launch, 55th success in a row...



8 comments:

  1. Nice to know, Sixte. You are lucky to be associated with Ariane. Irene

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  2. Great video! Thanks, Sixte. Vicky

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  3. This is a very special vessel. Nina

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  4. Great video to watch. Well done Sixte. Bella

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    1. Thank you Bella. Glad you liked it. Best, Sixte

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