Kourou, French Guiana - Ariane5 Mission VA248 Launch

June 23, 2019

For science and space enthusiasts among sailors Kourou in French Guyana is a must! Check out arianespace.com for the next launches. If you are early you can apply for an invitation for the spaceport itself, if you are late - as we were - just go to one of the public viewing points. We enjoyed the beach very much but there is another one on a nearby hill that even has a clear view on the launch pad. Anchoring and sailing in the flight path is prohibited approximately one day prior and one day after the launch. The French Navy is strictly enforcing this so viewing from your own boat at anchor at the Isles des Salut for example unfortunately is not an option.