Ariane 5 ECA

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 108 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.

Vehicle Specifications

Ariane 5 ECA
GTO: 10500
LEO: None
Length: 57.7 m
Diameter: 5.4 m
Launch Mass: 780k kg
Thurst: 11400 kN


An American communications satellite operated by TerreStar Corporation. Constructed by SSL is provides mobile communications to North America, and at the time of its launch was the larest commercial communications satellite ever built. It operates in geostationary orbit at 111 degrees West.

Launch Window

NET: July 1st 2009 - 17:52 UTC

Open: July 1st 2009 - 17:52 UTC

Close: July 1st 2009 - 17:52 UTC

Watch the Launch

Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou




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