Ariane 5 ECA

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 112 Failures: 5 Pending: 36

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.


Launch Vehicle

Ariane 5 ECA

Configuration: ECA
Family: Ariane 5

Ariane 5 is a heavy-lift launch vehicle, part of the Ariane rocket family.



EutelSat W2M is a telecommunications satellite opperated by Afghanistan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is used to provide communications services to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Operating at 16 degrees East. Hotbird 9 is a communications satellite operated by Eutelsat, providing communications to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Operating at 13 degrees East.

Launch Window

NET: December 20th 2008 - 22:35 UTC

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Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou




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