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Inmarsat-3 F5 & Brasilsat B3

Ariane 44LP

Arianespace

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Inmarsat-3 F5 & Brasilsat B3

Type: Communications

Launched in 1996-8, the Inmarsat-3s were built by Lockheed Martin Astro Space (now Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space) of the USA, responsible for the basic spacecraft, and the European Matra Marconi Space (now Astrium), which developed the communications payload. Brazil’s second generation of communications satellites are the result of joint engineering and manufacturing efforts in the United States and Brazil. The new spacecraft are called the Brasilsat B series, and are widebody, more powerful versions of Hughes Space and Communications Company’s popular HS-376 model. EMBRATEL, Brazil’s telecommunications company, signed a contract in August 1990 for two spacecraft. In December 1995, with those new satellites in orbit and rapidly filling with customers, EMBRATEL exercised an option for a third spacecraft. A fourth was ordered in June 1998.

Location

Ariane Launch Area 2

Kourou, French Guiana

313 rockets have launched from Kourou, French Guiana.

Ariane Launch Area 2, Kourou, French Guiana

Rocket

Ariane 44LP – Aérospatiale

Family: Ariane
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.

Agency

Arianespace

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: ASA
Administration: CEO: Stéphane Israël
Founded: 1980
Launchers: Ariane 5 | Vega

Country: FRA

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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