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MaqSat 3 & ARD

Ariane 5 G

European Space Agency

Launch Status


MaqSat 3 & ARD

Type: Dedicated Rideshare

MaqSat 3 was a dummy satellite to test the Ariane Vehicle. ARD was the Advanced Reentry Demonstrator, built by ESA. This is developed for experimental purposes to validate reentry techniques.


Ariane Launch Area 3

Kourou, French Guiana

315 rockets have launched from Kourou, French Guiana.

Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou, French Guiana


Ariane 5 G – Arianespace

Family: Ariane 5
Length: 57 m
Diameter: 5.4 m
Launch Mass: 737 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 12200 kg

The Ariane 5 G was manufactured by Arianespace with the first launch on 1996-06-04. Ariane 5 G has 13 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 16 launches. The original version is dubbed Ariane 5 G (Generic) and had a launch mass of 737 tonnes. Its payload capability to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) was 6,900 kg (15,200 lb) for a single satellite or 6,100 kg (13,400 lb) for dual launches. It flew 17 times with one failure and two partial failures.


European Space Agency

Type: Multinational
Abbreviation: ESA
Administration: Johann-Dietrich W├Ârner
Founded: 1975


The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 employees.

ESA’s space flight programme includes human spaceflight (mainly through participation in the International Space Station program); the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana.

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