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Last Ariane 4 Successfully Launches Intelsat 907

An Ariane 44L successfully launched Intelsat 907 from Kourou, pad ELA 2, at 07:00 UTC on February 15. This was the 116th and last flight of the Ariane 4 rocket. The satellite will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 27.5W, replacing Intelsat 605.

The 4685 kg (10,307 lbm) Intelsat 907 was built by Space Systems/Loral based on the FS-1300 extended satellite bus. The satellite is carrying 76 C-band transponders and 22 Ku-band transponders. It will generate 10.000 kW of power at the beginning of its life. The satellite has a planned 13 year design life.

The Ariane 4, in 14 years of service, has made 116 flights, launching 167 satellites into orbit. Ariane 4 only had three failures, earning a reputation as one of the most reliable rockets ever launched. The Ariane 4 is being replaced by the Ariane 5.

 

 


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