Atlantic Bird 2

Launch Time
Tue Sep 25, 2001 23:21 UTC

Last launch of Ariane 44P. Flight V144.


Ariane 44P
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 4,334 kN
Payload to GTO: 3,460 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details

Atlantic Bird 2

Alcatel Space has built Atlantic Bird 2 (26 channels in Ku Band for this Spacebus 3000 B2 Satellite) for Eutelsat. By meeting a rapid delivery schedule (16 month on-ground delivery), which is made possible by an advanced production policy for the Spacebus-3000B2 platform, Alcatel Space has enabled Eutelsat to meet crucial backup service requirements while expanding digital and multimedia services. In addition to the on-ground delivery of Atlantic Bird 2, Alcatel Space's prime contract with Eutelsat provides for the satellite's launch campaign, as well as support for its operations and mission analysis.

In December 2011 Eutelsat announced, that their satellite assets will be renamed under a unified brand name effective from March 2012. This satellite became Eutelsat 8 West A. In 2015 it was moved to 12.5° West and named Eutelsat 12 West B.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,600.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



43rd orbital launch attempt


132nd mission
7th mission of 2001
126th successful mission
2nd consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

106th mission
5th mission of 2001
103rd successful mission
64th consecutive successful mission