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Thaicom 4

Ariane 5 GS

Arianespace

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Thaicom 4

  • Type: Communications
  • Orbit: Geostationary Transfer Orbit

A high throughput satellite built by SSL for Thaicom. Porivdes broadband in the Asia Pacific region at incredible speeds.

Location


Ariane Launch Area 3

Kourou, French Guiana

Ariane Launch Area 3 has witnessed the launch of 118 rockets, including 118 orbital launch attempts, while Kourou, French Guiana, has been the site for 320 rocket launches.

Ariane Launch Area 3

Rocket


ArianeGroup Ariane 5 GS

At the time of the failure of the first Ariane 5 ECA flight in 2002, all Ariane 5 launchers in production were ECA versions. Some of the ECA cores were modified to use the original Vulcain engine and tank volumes while the failure was investigated; these vehicles were designated Ariane 5 GS. The GS used the improved EAP boosters of the ECA variant and the improved EPS of the G+ variant, but the increased mass of the modified ECA core compared to the G and G+ core resulted in slightly reduced payload capacity. Ariane 5 GS could carry a single payload of 6,600 kg (14,600 lb) or a dual payload of 5,800 kg (12,800 lb) to GTO. The Ariane 5 GS flew 6 times from 2005 to 2009 with no failures.

Ariane 5 GS

Agency


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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