XTAR-EUR, Maqsat-B2 & Sloshsat-FLEVO

Launch Time
Sat Feb 12, 2005 21:03 UTC

Flight V165.


Ariane 5 ECA
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Price: $200.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 15,120 kN
Payload to LEO: 21,000 kg
Payload to GTO: 10,500 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 53.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.4 m
Fairing Height: 17.0 m

Mission Details


The XTAR-EUR telecommunications satellite (3600 kg) is placed in the SYLDA. Placed in GEO orbit set at 29 ° E, it will cover an area from the east coast of Brazil to southeast Asia. XTAR, manufactured by Space Systems / Loral, will provide government and military communications services, including in the United States and Spain.

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


The 3.5 t payload MAQSAT-B2 (Maquette Satellite - Bas 2) was designed to represent a commercial passenger, but also served as a technology platform for several European experiments.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,622.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


SLOSHSAT-FLEVO is a microsatellite launched to investigate the dynamics of fluids in microgravity. FLEVO stands for Facility for Liquid Experimentation and Verification in Orbit. Multiple sensors were used to monitor the behavior of water in an instrumented tank and how sloshing affects the attitude control of launchers and space vehicles.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 129.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



5th orbital launch attempt


153rd mission
1st mission of 2005
146th successful mission
9th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

21st mission
1st mission of 2005
17th successful mission
7th consecutive successful mission