Ariane 5 ECA | NSS-12 & Thor 6

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the NSS-12 & Thor 6 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Oct 29th, 2009, 4:00 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.


NSS-12 & Thor 6

NSS-12 is used to provide communications services for telecommunications providers, broadcasters, corporations and governments in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and other parts of Asia. It operates as 57 degrees East. Thor 6 is a Telenor satellite providing direct to home television services to Central and Eastern Europe from 1 degree 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.