Arabsat-5C & SES-2

Launch Time
Wed Sep 21, 2011 21:38 UTC

Flight VA204.


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


ARABSAT has selected in January 2009 the consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build and deliver in orbit the new satellite Arabsat 5C.

Arabsat-5C, a multi-mission satellite, will provide satellite capacity in both C-band and Ka-band frequencies at the Arabsat position 20°E for a wide range of satellite communications services. A Eurostar-3000 model equipped with a payload featuring 26 active transponders in C-band and 12 in Ka-band, Arabsat-5C will have a spacecraft power of 10 kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,630.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


SES-2 is a communications satellite operated by SES World Skies. It was launched on 21 September 2011 on an Ariane 5 ECA vehicle, alongside the Arabsat-5C satellite. It entered into commercial service on 27 October 2011 in the 87° West orbital location.

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


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



52nd orbital launch attempt


192nd mission
5th mission of 2011
185th successful mission
48th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

60th mission
5th mission of 2011
56th successful mission
46th consecutive successful mission