Superbird-B1 & Arabsat-1C

Launch Time
Wed Feb 26, 1992 23:58 UTC

Flight V49.


Ariane 44L
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 6,000 kN
Payload to GTO: 4,720 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details


Superbird-B1, sometimes identified as Superbird-1B, was a geostationary communications satellite designed and manufactured by Ford Aerospace (now SSL MDA) on the SSL 1300 platform. It was originally ordered by Space Communications Corporation (SCC), which later merged into the SKY Perfect JSAT Group. It had a mixed Ku band, Ka band, and X band payload and was rushed into launch to the 162°E longitude due to the launch failure of Superbird-B.

It was ordered in 1985 along with Superbird-A, Superbird-B, and Superbird-A1 on the very first order of the SSL 1300 platform. It was also the second satellite of SCC in orbit and the fourth commercial satellite of Japan to enter operations. It was used for video distribution, news gathering, remote publishing, and high-definition TV service to the main islands of Japan and Okinawa.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,560.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


INSAT-2DT, previously Arabsat-1C and also known as INSAT-2R, was a Saudi Arabian and subsequently Indian communications satellite that was operated initially by Arabsat, and then by the Indian National Satellite System.

Launched in 1992 as Arabsat-1C, it was operated at 31° East longitude in geostationary orbit, from where it was used to provide communication services to the Arab States. It was constructed by Aérospatiale, based on the Spacebus 100 satellite bus, and carried two NATO E/F-band (IEEE S-band) and 25 NATO G/H-Band (IEEE C band) transponders. At launch, it had a mass of 1,170 kilograms (2,580 lb), and an expected operational lifespan of seven years.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,360.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-2, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



11th orbital launch attempt


40th mission
1st mission of 1992
37th successful mission
13th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

21st mission
1st mission of 1992
20th successful mission
13th consecutive successful mission