Skynet 5B & Star One C1

Launch Time
Wed Nov 14, 2007 22:06 UTC

Flight V179.


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

Skynet 5B

Skynet 5B is a military communications satellite operated by Astrium Services, formerly Paradigm Secure Communications, on behalf of the British Ministry of Defence. It was the second of four Skynet 5 satellites to be launched.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,635.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Star One C1

Star One C1 is a Brazilian communications satellite. It was launched on 14 November 2007 by an Ariane 5ECA carrier rocket, as part of a dual-payload launch with Skynet 5B. It was built by Thales Alenia Space, based on the Spacebus-3000B3 satellite bus. It is operated by Star One, a subsidiary of Embratel.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,100.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



59th orbital launch attempt


167th mission
5th mission of 2007
160th successful mission
23rd consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

35th mission
5th mission of 2007
31st successful mission
21st consecutive successful mission