Ariane 5 ECA | Sky Muster II (NBN-Co 1B) & GSAT-18

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the Sky Muster II (NBN-Co 1B) & GSAT-18 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Wed, Oct 5th, 2016, 4:30 PM EDT from Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Ariane 5 ECA and experience the excitement for yourself.


Sky Muster II (NBN-Co 1B) & GSAT-18

NBN-Co 1B, nicknamed Sky Muster II, is a high-throughput communications satellite tasked with providing high-speed broadband service to rural and remote areas of Australia. Launched along with it is the Indian geostationary communications satellite GSAT-18.


Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou

Kourou, French Guiana


Ariane 5 ECA

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


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.