Brasilsat B2 & Hotbird 1

Launch Time
Tue Mar 28, 1995 23:14 UTC

Last Ariane 44LP flight with an H10+ stage. Flight V71.


Ariane 44LP
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 5,800 kN
Payload to GTO: 4,220 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details

Brasilsat B2

The Boeing Company contracted the acquisition of three satellites from Hughes Electronics Corporation. As part of the contract, Hughes would divide the work with Promon Engenharia SA of São Paulo. Brasilsat B1 and B2 were tested by the Institute of Space Research - INPE of São José dos Campos, and Brasilsat B3 and B4 were tested in the Hughes laboratories.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,757.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Hotbird 1

Hot Bird is a group of satellites operated by Eutelsat, located at 13°E over the Equator (orbital position) and with a transmitting footprint over Asia, Europe, North Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.

Only digital radio and television channels are transmitted by the Hot Bird constellation, both free-to-air and encrypted. In addition, there are a few interactive and IP services. The satellites currently operate at 13° East and are numbered 13B, 13C, and 13D.

Hot Bird 1 was launched by Ariane 44LP on 28 March 1995. The 13° east slot predates the launch, with Eutelsat 1F1 having been located there as early as 1983, and Eutelsat 2F1 having also served time at the location. It has reached end-of-life.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,789.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-2, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



19th orbital launch attempt


62nd mission
1st mission of 1995
57th successful mission
1st consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

43rd mission
1st mission of 1995
40th successful mission
1st consecutive successful mission