Ariane 5 G | Optus and Defence C1 & BSAT-2c

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 G Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 G rocket as part of the Optus and Defence C1 & BSAT-2c mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Wed, Jun 11th, 2003, 6:38 PM EDT from Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!


Optus and Defence C1 & BSAT-2c

Optus and Defence C1 is a relay platform in geostationary orbit at 156 degrees East. It is one of the most advanced communications satellites ever built. BSAT-2C is a geostationary communication satellite for B-SAT.


Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou

Kourou, French Guiana


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 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.