Thor 7 & SICRAL-2

Launch Time
Sun Apr 26, 2015 20:00 UTC

Flight VA222.


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

Thor 7

Thor 7 was built by SSL. It was successfully launched by Arianespace from Kourou spaceport on 26 April 2015. It will mainly serve maritime customers and have a total capacity of 9 Gbit/sec. It was launched in tandem with the Italian/French Sicral 2 defense satellite.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,590.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


Syracuse is intended to ensure the French military can communicate between mainland France and military units deployed around the world. The satellite participates in command, reassignment, and logistic aspects of operations. The system is nominally under the command of the French Navy, equipping a total of 54 ships (2009) and it is complemented by the Telcomarsat commercial system of communications.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4,364.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



23rd orbital launch attempt


224th mission
3rd mission of 2015
216th successful mission
7th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

78th mission
1st mission of 2015
74th successful mission
64th consecutive successful mission