LAUNCH CENTER

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Wed Dec 21 2005
Arianespace

INSAT-4A, Meteosat 9

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

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(10:33 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(10:33 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(10:33 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Ariane 5 GS

Description:

At the time of the failure of the first Ariane 5 ECA flight in 2002, all Ariane 5 launchers in production were ECA versions. Some of the ECA cores were modified to use the original Vulcain engine and tank volumes while the failure was investigated; these vehicles were designated Ariane 5 GS. The GS used the improved EAP boosters of the ECA variant and the improved EPS of the G+ variant, but the increased mass of the modified ECA core compared to the G and G+ core resulted in slightly reduced payload capacity. Ariane 5 GS could carry a single payload of 6,600 kg (14,600 lb) or a dual payload of 5,800 kg (12,800 lb) to GTO. The Ariane 5 GS flew 6 times from 2005 to 2009 with no failures.

Ariane 5 GS rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Dedicated Rideshare
  • Insat-4A is a communication satellite intended for providing high quality telecommunication and broadcasting services. Operating at 83 degrees East. Meteosat 9 is a Geostationary satellite for Earth Radiation observation.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Kourou, French Guiana

Pad

Ariane Launch Area 3