LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Sat Mar 02 1991
Arianespace

Astra 1B & Meteosat 5

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

March 2, 1991 at 6:36 PM EST

(March 2, 1991 at 11:36 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

March 2, 1991 at 6:36 PM EST

(March 2, 1991 at 11:36 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

March 2, 1991 at 6:36 PM EST

(March 2, 1991 at 11:36 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Communications
    • Astra 1B was the second of the Astra communications satellites launched and operated by SES (Société Européenne des Satellites). It was believed to have been launched in a faulty condition, and suffered a thruster failure early in its life, causing minor drift, meaning that it became permanently difficult to obtain a steady lock on the satellite. This was most notable on analogue transmissions where the picture would move from clear to carrying sparklies and back again.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Kourou, French Guiana

    Pad

    Ariane Launch Area 2