It is the fifth Boeing satellite to be built for DirecTV. It was successfully launched on an Ariane-44LP H10-3 on 26 November 2001 and entered service on 27 December 2001.
Kourou, French Guiana
313 rockets have launched from Kourou, French Guiana.
Ariane 44LP – Aérospatiale
Length: 58.4 m
Diameter: 3.8 m
Launch Mass: 420 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8000 kg
The Ariane 44LP was manufactured by Aérospatiale with the first launch on 1988-06-15. Ariane 44LP has 25 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 26 launches. The Ariane 4 was an expendable space launch system, developed by the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, for the European Space Agency (ESA). It was manufactured by ArianeGroup and marketed by Arianespace. Since its first flight on 15 June 1988 until the final flight on 15 February 2003, it attained 113 successful launches out of 116 total launches.
Administration: CEO: Stéphane Israël
Launchers: Ariane 5 | Vega
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.