ABS-2 & Athena-Fidus

Launch Time
Thu Feb 06, 2014 21:30 UTC

Flight VA217.


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


The ABS-2 satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) using the LS-1300 platform. It weighed more than 6,330 kg at launch and was positioned in geostationary orbit at 75 degrees East. Fitted with C, Ku, and Ka-band transponders, it provides telecommunications, direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, multimedia, and data transmission services for Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 6,330.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


Athena-Fidus (Access on theatres for European allied forces nations-French Italian dual-use satellite) is a French-Italian telecommunication satellite providing high-throughput secure communications to both nation's armed forces and their emergency services. It was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space under the supervision of CNES, the DGA, and the Italian Space Agency. It complements the lower-throughput but more secure Syracuse 3 satellites. The satellite has a wet mass of 3 tonnes and was placed on Geostationary orbit in 2014. Its expected lifetime is 15 years.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,080.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



6th orbital launch attempt


211th mission
1st mission of 2014
204th successful mission
67th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

72nd mission
1st mission of 2014
68th successful mission
58th consecutive successful mission