Astra 2D, GE-8, LDREX

Launch Time
Wed Dec 20, 2000 00:26 UTC

Flight V137.


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 2D

Astra 2D is one of the Astra communications satellites owned and operated by SES and located at 28.2° east in the Clarke Belt till June 2015. It is a Hughes HS-376 craft and was launched from the Guiana Space Centre in December 2000 to join Astra 2A and Astra 2B at 28.2°E, where it remained for its active life.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,420.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


AMC-8, also known as Americom-8 and Aurora III, previously GE-8, is a C-band satellite located at 139° West, covering the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The satellite provides critical telecommunications services to AT&T Alascom which occupies most of the satellite's capacity. AMC-8 was used by thousands of terrestrial radio stations for network feeds using ground equipment.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,015.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


The LDREX (Large-scale Deployable Reflector Experiment Model) is a small partial model antenna built to validate the design of the ETS-8's Large Deployable Antenna, and will conduct experiments to solve various technical problems that the ETS-8 is facing.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 182.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



83rd orbital launch attempt


125th mission
12th mission of 2000
120th successful mission
64th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

8th mission
4th mission of 2000
6th successful mission
6th consecutive successful mission