Ariane 5 ECA | JCSAT-12 & Optus D3

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the JCSAT-12 & Optus D3 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Fri, Aug 21st, 2009, 6:09 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.


JCSAT-12 & Optus D3

JCSAT-12 is a Japanese geostationary communications satellite operated by SKY Perfect JSAT Group. Optus D3 is a communications satellite serving many customers operating in a geostationary orbit at 156 degrees East.


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.