Astra 2F & GSAT-10

Launch Time
Fri Sep 28, 2012 21:18 UTC

Flight VA209.


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

Astra 2F

Astra 2F is one of the Astra communications satellites owned and operated by SES, launched in September 2012 to the Astra 28.2°E orbital slot. The satellite provides free-to-air and encrypted direct-to-home (DTH) digital TV and satellite broadband services for Europe and Africa.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 6,000.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


GSAT-10 is an Indian communication satellite that was launched by an Ariane-5ECA carrier rocket in September 2012. It has 12 KU Band, 12 C Band, and 6 lower extended C band transponders, and included a navigation payload to augment GAGAN capacity. Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in Geosynchronous orbit at 83.0° East, from where it provides communication services in India.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,435.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



54th orbital launch attempt


199th mission
5th mission of 2012
192nd successful mission
55th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

65th mission
5th mission of 2012
61st successful mission
51st consecutive successful mission