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RASCOM-QAF 1 & Horizons-2

Overview

Destination: Geostationary Transfer Orbit
Mission: Communications

Geostationary Transfer Orbit Ariane Launch Area 3 Kourou, French Guiana

RASCOM-QAF 1 is the first satellite dedicated to the African continent. It operates at 2.85 degrees East, providing telecommunication services. Horizons-2 is a communications satellite owned by Horizons Satellite a joint venture between SKY Perfect JSAT Group and Intelsat. It operates at 74 degrees West.

Ariane 5 GS

Family: Ariane 5
Configuration: GS

At the time of the failure of the first Ariane 5 ECA flight in 2002, all Ariane 5 launchers in production were ECA versions. Some of the ECA cores were modified to use the original Vulcain engine and tank volumes while the failure was investigated; these vehicles were designated Ariane 5 GS. The GS used the improved EAP boosters of the ECA variant and the improved EPS of the G+ variant, but the increased mass of the modified ECA core compared to the G and G+ core resulted in slightly reduced payload capacity. Ariane 5 GS could carry a single payload of 6,600 kg (14,600 lb) or a dual payload of 5,800 kg (12,800 lb) to GTO. The Ariane 5 GS flew 6 times from 2005 to 2009 with no failures.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    55.0 m
  • Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    750 T
  • Thrust
    12000 kN
Family
  • Name
    Ariane 5 GS
  • Family
    Ariane 5
  • Variant
    GS
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Ariane 5 GS
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    6600 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Arianespace

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 119 Failures: 7 Pending: 27

Agency Type: Commercial

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.

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