Arabsat 6B & GSAT-15

Launch Time
Tue Nov 10, 2015 21:34 UTC

Flight VA227.


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

Arabsat 6B

Arabsat-6B, to be renamed BADR-7 once in orbit, was the ninth satellite orbited by Arianespace for use by the operator Arabsat, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

It is the initial sixth-generation satellite for Arabsat’s fleet, providing broadcast, broadband, and telecommunications services over the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 5,798.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


GSAT-15 is an Indian communication satellite similar to GSAT-10 to augment the capacity of transponders to provide more bandwidth for Direct-to-Home television and VSAT services.

The satellite carries 24 Ku band transponders and a GAGAN navigational payload operating in the L1 and L5 bands. Besides that, it will also carry 2 Ku band beacons.

GSAT-15 has an estimated lifespan of 12 years. It will augment telecommunication, Direct-to-Home, and radio navigation services.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,164.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



69th orbital launch attempt


231st mission
10th mission of 2015
223rd successful mission
14th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

83rd mission
6th mission of 2015
79th successful mission
69th consecutive successful mission