Astra 2B & GE-7

Launch Time
Thu Sep 14, 2000 22:54 UTC

Flight V132.


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

Astra 2B

Astra 2B is one of the Astra communications satellites owned and operated by SES. Launched in 2000 to join Astra 2A at the Astra 28.2°E orbital slot providing digital television and radio broadcast services to the UK and Republic of Ireland, the satellite has also served at the Astra 19.2°E and the Astra 31.5°E positions.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,315.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


Also called AMC-7 is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by SES S.A., originally from the GE Americom fleet. AMC-7 provides C band coverage to North America, Hawaii, the Caribbean islands, and most of Mexico, and is located in a geostationary orbit over the Pacific Ocean east of Hawaii. The satellite is primarily used for cable television programming distribution. In 2015 the satellite was taken out of commercial service and moved from 137° West to 135° West longitude, where it now serves as a backup to AMC-10.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,983.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



56th orbital launch attempt


120th mission
7th mission of 2000
115th successful mission
59th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

6th mission
2nd mission of 2000
4th successful mission
4th consecutive successful mission