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Nilesat 101 & BSat 1b

Ariane 44P

Arianespace

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Nilesat 101 & BSat 1b

Type: Communications

With the launch of Nilesat 101 on 28 April 1998, delivering more than 100 digital TV channels as well as radio and multimedia services to more than five million homes over the whole of North Africa from Morocco to the Persian Gulf, Egypt became the first African country to have its own direct TV broadcast satellite. A second satellite, Nilesat 102, was launched in 2000, and the Nilesat system now broadcasts more than 150 digital TV channels and provides additional services such as data transmission, turbo internet and multicasting applications. BSAT-1a and -1b replaced the two BS-3 spacecraft used for DBS services, including Hi-Vision test broadcasts, by NHK, WOWOW, and others. Hughes selected the Ariane rocket as the launch vehicle for the BSAT-1 spacecraft. BSAT-1a was launched 16 April 1997 from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. BSAT-1b was also launched from Kourou on 28 April 1998. The two satellites are located at 110 degrees East longitude.

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 44P – Aérospatiale

Family: Ariane
Length: 56.9 m
Diameter: 3.8 m
Launch Mass: 357 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 6500 kg

The Ariane 44P was manufactured by Aérospatiale with the first launch on 1991-04-04. Ariane 44P has 15 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 15 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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