Star One C2 & Vinasat-1

Launch Time
Fri Apr 18, 2008 22:17 UTC

Flight V182.


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

Star One C2

Star One C2 is a Brazilian communications satellite. It was launched on 18 April 2008 22:17 UTC by an Ariane 5ECA carrier rocket, as part of a dual-payload launch with Vinasat-1. It was built by Thales Alenia Space, based on the Spacebus-3000B3 satellite bus. It will be operated by Star One, a subsidiary of Embratel, and Bolivarsat.

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


Vinasat-1 is the first Vietnamese satellite to be placed in orbit. It was launched at 22:17 GMT on 18 April 2008, by an Ariane 5ECA rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou. The launch was conducted by the European organisation Arianespace. VINASAT is the national satellite program of Vietnam. The project aims to bring independence in satellite communications for Vietnam, besides other benefits such as enhancing national security, opening new economic opportunities, etc.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,637.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



18th orbital launch attempt


170th mission
2nd mission of 2008
163rd successful mission
26th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

38th mission
2nd mission of 2008
34th successful mission
24th consecutive successful mission