NSS-12 & Thor-6

Launch Time
Thu Oct 29, 2009 20:00 UTC

Flight V193.


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


Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) announced in May 2007 that it has been awarded a contract to manufacture a new spacecraft for, SES NEW SKIES, a subsidiary of SES Global. NSS-12 will be used to enable communications services for telecommunications providers, broadcasters, corporations, and governments in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and other parts of Asia.

NSS-12 is the first satellite contract that SES NEW SKIES has awarded to SS/L. The spacecraft is a state-of-the-art, hybrid C- and Ku-band satellite that will be located at 57º East Longitude over the Indian Ocean Region. Based on SS/L's highly reliable and space-proven SSL-1300 spacecraft, it will be equipped with 40 C-band and 48 Ku-band active high-power transponders (36 MHz equivalents) to help maintain and increase the capability of the company's worldwide satellite communications network.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 5,623.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


Thor 6 has 36 Ku band transponders. It provides direct-to-home television broadcasting services from an orbital location of 0.8°W. It replaced Thor 3.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,049.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



61st orbital launch attempt


180th mission
6th mission of 2009
173rd successful mission
36th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

48th mission
6th mission of 2009
44th successful mission
34th consecutive successful mission