Koreasat 7 & SGDC-1

Launch Time
Thu May 04, 2017 21:50 UTC

Flight VA236.


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

Koreasat 7

The KOREASAT-7 passenger on Flight VA236 is designed to provide improved throughput and wider coverage over Korea, the Philippines, Indochina, India, and Indonesia.

Equipped with Ku-band and Ka-band transponders, it will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,680 kg and is built on an upgraded Spacebus 4000B2 platform. The satellite’s added steerable Ka-band capacity is designed to support further demand for relay services.

Once in its orbital slot of 116 deg. East, KOREASAT-7 will be operated by KT SAT – a wholly-owned subsidiary of KT Corp., which is the largest telecom/media service provider in South Korea and the country’s sole satellite service provider.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,680.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


SGDC is the first Brazilian government satellite, as well as the initial spacecraft to be launched by Arianespace for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. – the SGDC prime contractor, responsible for the program management, overall system integration, and end-to-end communication.

This dual-use (civil and military) relay platform will enable the implementation of a secure satellite communications system for the Brazilian government and armed forces, while also reducing the digital divide in Brazil.

The SGDC spacecraft will be operated and controlled by Telebras, a Brazilian telecommunication company managed by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 5,735.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



24th orbital launch attempt


248th mission
4th mission of 2017
240th successful mission
31st consecutive successful mission

Ariane 5

92nd mission
2nd mission of 2017
88th successful mission
78th consecutive successful mission