Ariane 5 ECA | Eutelsat W3B & BSAT-3b

Arianespace launch of a Ariane 5 ECA Rocket

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Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Ariane 5 ECA rocket as part of the Eutelsat W3B & BSAT-3b mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Oct 28th, 2010, 5:51 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.

Mission

Eutelsat W3B & BSAT-3b

Eutelsat W3B is a communication satellite to be located at 7 degrees East to provide broadcast and telecommunications accross Europe, the Middle East and Africa. However it took another satellites place, W2M which had failed. Directly after launch however W3B developed a sizeable leak and was declared a total loss. B-SAT 3b is a geostationary communications satellite operated by B-SAT stationed at 110 degrees East, providing high definition direct television services across Japan.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou

Kourou, French Guiana

Rocket

Ariane 5 ECA

Ariane 5 is a heavy-lift launch vehicle, part of the Ariane rocket family.

Arianespace

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.

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