Ariane 5 ECA | TerreStar-1

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the TerreStar-1 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Wed, Jul 1st, 2009, 1:52 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.



An American communications satellite operated by TerreStar Corporation. Constructed by SSL is provides mobile communications to North America, and at the time of its launch was the larest commercial communications satellite ever built. It operates in geostationary orbit at 111 degrees West.


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.