Insat 3E, eBird-1 & SMART-1

Launch Time
Sat Sep 27, 2003 23:14 UTC

Final flight of Ariane 5G. Flight V162.


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


INSAT 3E is a defunct communication satellite. It was designed for providing high-speed communication, Television, VSAT & Tele-education services and was an important landmark in Indian Space Programme. In April 2014, almost eleven years after being launched, the satellite ran out of oxidizer and a few days later, was decommissioned by the ISRO. In a few days time, it will be moved to a graveyard orbit.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,750.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


eBird-1 (also known as Eurobird 3, Eutelsat 33A, and Eutelsat 31A) was a communication satellite build by Boeing. The satellite is designed to provide coverage to Scandinavia, Great Britain, and Western and Eastern Europe. e-BIRD joined EUTELSAT's existing fleet of 19 spacecraft.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,350.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


SMART-1 was a Swedish-designed European Space Agency satellite that orbited around the Moon. "SMART-1" stands for Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology-1. SMART-1 was deliberately crashed into the Moon's surface, ending its mission.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 367.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



44th orbital launch attempt


149th mission
4th mission of 2003
142nd successful mission
5th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

17th mission
3rd mission of 2003
13th successful mission
3rd consecutive successful mission