MaqSat 3 & ARD

Launch Time
Wed Oct 21, 1998 16:37 UTC

Flight V112.


Ariane 5 G
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 11,400 kN
Payload to GTO: 6,900 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 52.0 m

Mission Details

MaqSat 3

MaqSat 3 (Maquette Satellite 3) was a dummy satellite, which matches the mechanical properties and dynamical characteristics of the originally planned payload, the Eutelsat W2. A condition for the contract with the Munich-based space company Kayser-Threde called for a short delivery period of only three months. On September 1st, the dummy structure with a mass of 2,600 kg and a length of more than 3 m was flown to Kourou, Europe's spaceport. Launch took place on 21 October 1998.

Due to the unavailability of the originally planned telecommunications satellite W2, Arianespace opted for the flight of a dummy payload. This third and last test flight of the new carrier Ariane 5 primarily aims at reaching GTO and at taking up commercial business with flight 504 as soon as possible.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,600.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ARD was the Advanced Reentry Demonstrator, built by ESA. This is developed for experimental purposes to validate re-entry techniques.
It was deployed on a suborbital trajectory.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,722.0 kg


ELA-3, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



64th orbital launch attempt

European Space Agency

12th mission
1st mission of 1998
8th successful mission
1st consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

3rd mission
1st mission of 1998
1st successful mission
1st consecutive successful mission