Ariane 5 ECA | Skynet 5D & Mexsat-3

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

Launch Status

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the Skynet 5D & Mexsat-3 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Wed, Dec 19th, 2012, 4:49 PM EST 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.


Skynet 5D & Mexsat-3

Skynet 5D is a military communications satellite operated by Astrium Services on behalf of the British Ministry of Defence. It operates in a geostationary orbit at 25 degrees East. Mexsat-3 is part of the MEXSAT telecommunications network and occupies 114.9 degrees West. It provides broadband, high quality telephony and much more for Mexico.


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.