Eutelsat 21B & Star One C3

Launch Time
Sat Nov 10, 2012 21:05 UTC

Flight VA211.


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 21B

Eutelsat 21B, previously known as Eutelsat W6A, is a French communications satellite. Operated by Eutelsat, it provides direct-to-home broadcasting services from a geostationary orbit at a longitude of 21.5 degrees east. It replaced the Eutelsat 21A spacecraft which was launched in 1999.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 5,012.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Star One C3

Star One C3 is a communications satellite operated by Star One, a subsidiary of Embratel. It was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation based on the STAR-2 satellite bus and was launched on 10 November 2012 at 21:05 UTC by an Ariane 5 ECA carrier rocket, as part of a dual-payload launch with Eutelsat 21B.
Star One C3 replaced Brasilsat B3 in the 75° W position.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,227.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



65th orbital launch attempt


201st mission
7th mission of 2012
194th successful mission
57th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

66th mission
6th mission of 2012
62nd successful mission
52nd consecutive successful mission