Ariane 5 G | Atlantic Bird 1 & Meteosat 8

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 G Rocket

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 G rocket as part of the Atlantic Bird 1 & Meteosat 8 mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission was on Wed, Aug 28th, 2002, 6:45 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 G and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Atlantic Bird 1 & Meteosat 8

Atlantic Bird is a series of satellites operated by Eutelsat over the atlantic ocean. Operating at 12.5 degrees West. Meteosat 8 is a weather satellite operated by both ESA and EUMETSAT.

Location

Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou

Kourou, French Guiana

Rocket

Ariane 5 G

The original version is dubbed Ariane 5 G (Generic) and had a launch mass of 737 tonnes. Its payload capability to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) was 6,900 kg (15,200 lb) for a single satellite or 6,100 kg (13,400 lb) for dual launches. It flew 17 times with one failure and two partial failures.

Arianespace

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.