Eutelsat 8 West B & Intelsat 34

Launch Time
Thu Aug 20, 2015 20:34 UTC

Flight VA225.


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 8

Eutelsat's satellites are used for broadcasting 6,800 television stations, of which 1,200 are in HD, and 1,100 radio stations to over 274 million cable and satellite homes. They also serve requirements for TV contribution services, corporate networks, mobile communications, Internet backbone connectivity, and broadband access for terrestrial, maritime, and in-flight applications.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 5,782.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Intelsat 34

INTELSAT 34 or IS-34 is a communications satellite built on Space Systems/Loral's 1300-series satellite platform. The satellite broadcasts television to homes in Brazil, distributes video programming for companies like HBO and Fox across Latin America, and beams Internet broadband services to travelers aboard airplanes and ships crossing the North Atlantic Ocean.

Intelsat 34, unlike its predecessor, does not include the UHF band that Intelsat had been unable to sell to its intended customer, the U.S. Department of Defense.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,300.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



42nd orbital launch attempt


228th mission
7th mission of 2015
220th successful mission
11th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

81st mission
4th mission of 2015
77th successful mission
67th consecutive successful mission