Nilesat-201 & Rascom-QAF 1R

Launch Time
Wed Aug 04, 2010 20:59 UTC

Flight V196.


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


Nilesat 201, is an Egyptian communications satellite, which was launched on 4 August 2010.
which enables the Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat to deliver digital Direct to Home (DTH) TV and radio broadcasting and high-speed data transmission services to North Africa and the Middle East starting in September 2010. It was built by Thales Alenia Space in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center and is based on the Spacebus 4000B2 satellite bus. It is operated in geosynchronous orbit, at a longitude of 7° West. The spacecraft has a design life of 15 years and a mass at launch of 3.2 tonnes.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,200.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Rascom-QAF 1R

Rascom-QAF 1R, built by Thales Alenia Space as part of a turnkey contract with the Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RascomStar-QAF), provides telecommunication services in rural areas of Africa over a period of 15 years, along with domestic and international connections, direct TV broadcast services and Internet access.
Based on a Spacebus 4000B3 platform, Rascom-QAF 1R is equipped with 12 Ku-band transponders and eight C-band transponders. Replacing Rascom-QAF 1, it is positioned at 2.85 degrees East. The satellite weighed about 3,200 kg at launch, and offer 6.4 kW of end-of-life power.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,200.0 kg
Geostationary Earth Orbit


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



39th orbital launch attempt


184th mission
3rd mission of 2010
177th successful mission
40th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

52nd mission
3rd mission of 2010
48th successful mission
38th consecutive successful mission