Ariane 5 G | Astra 2D & GE-8, LDREX

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 G Rocket

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 G rocket as part of the Astra 2D & GE-8, LDREX mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission was on Tue, Dec 19th, 2000, 7:26 PM EST from Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Astra 2D & GE-8, LDREX

Astra 2D is one of the Astra communications satellite owned and operated by SES. Providing digital television and radio broadcast service to the UK and Republic of Island. GE-8 is also a commercial communications satellite operated by GE American, covering the USA, Canada and Caribbean. LDREX was an engineering test to validate the antenna on the ETS-8.

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.

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