Partial Failure

SES-14/GOLD & Al Yah-3

Launch Time
Thu Jan 25, 2018 22:20 UTC

Due to programming errors in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC), the satellites were placed on an off-nominal orbit. Flight VA241.


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


SES-14 is a communications satellite for SES. It hosts NASA’s Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument payload.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,423.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Al Yah-3

Al Yah 3 is a planned Ka-band communication satellite Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat)', a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company.

The Al Yah 3 satellite is built by Orbital based on the new GEOStar-3 bus. It has a launch weight of 3500 kg. The payload consists of 58 Ka-band spot beams.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,795.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



12th orbital launch attempt


256th mission
1st mission of 2018

Ariane 5

97th mission
1st mission of 2018