Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 & GSAT-7

Launch Time
Thu Aug 29, 2013 20:30 UTC

Flight VA216.


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 25B/Es'hail 1

Es'Hail-1 is Qatar's first satellite. It is a communications satellite operated by Es'hailSat. The satellite is based on a Space Systems/Loral 1300 satellite bus and was launched into orbit on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou Space Center. In 2018 Eutelsat sold its interest in the satellite to Es’hailSat for €135 million.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 6,300.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


GSAT-7 or INSAT-4F is a multi-band military communications satellite developed by ISRO. The Indian Navy is the user of the multi-band communication spacecraft, which has been operational since September 2013. According to defense experts, the satellite will enable the navy to extend its blue water capabilities and stop relying on foreign satellites like Inmarsat, which provide communication services to its ships.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,650.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



46th orbital launch attempt


209th mission
6th mission of 2013
202nd successful mission
65th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

71st mission
4th mission of 2013
67th successful mission
57th consecutive successful mission