Eutelsat W3B & BSAT-3B

Launch Time
Thu Oct 28, 2010 21:51 UTC

Flight V197.


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

Eutelsat W3B

The Eutelsat W3B satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space as the prime contractor, using a Spacebus 4000 C3 platform. It weighed 5,370 kg at launch. W3B is equipped with 53 active Ku-band transponders and three Ka-band transponders. Offering a design life of 15 years, it is located at 16 degrees East to serve broadcasting markets in Central Europe and the Indian Ocean islands. It initiated a new mission over Africa for data, telecom, and broadband services.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 5,370.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


BSAT-3B is a geostationary communications satellite operated by B-SAT which was designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin on the A2100 platform. It is stationed on the 110° East orbital slot along its companion BSAT-3a and BSAT-3c from where they provide redundant high-definition direct television broadcasting across Japan.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,060.0 kg
Geostationary Earth Orbit


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



58th orbital launch attempt


185th mission
4th mission of 2010
178th successful mission
41st consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

53rd mission
4th mission of 2010
49th successful mission
39th consecutive successful mission