The successful Wednesday launch took place at the Kourou spaceport, the BBC reported.
The heavy-lift rocket carried the 5.3-ton Hisasat-1E satellite, intended to deliver a range of video and data services to Europe and the Americas, into orbit, as well as a 2.7-ton satellite handling television and telecommunications for South Korea.
"It's the 41st consecutive success of Ariane 5 and in 2010 we will have launched a total of 12 large telecommunications satellites out of a world total of 20," Jean-Yves Le Gall, the chairman and chief executive officer of Arianespace, said. "This gives us a market share of 60 percent."
The Ariane's first launch of 2011 will probably be a re-supply mission to the International Space Station, carrying more than 6 tons of fuel, air, food and equipment for the station's astronauts, the BBC reported.
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