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Eutelsat Konnect BB4A & GSAT-30

Eutelsat Konnect BB4A

Owned by the French company Eutelsat, the Konnect BB4A satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space in Italy.

The satellite will provide high throughput communication services across Africa and southern Europe.

It was originally named African Broadband Satellite, but that was changed to Eutelsat Konnect.

The satellite will, according to its manufacture, "provide unprecedented operational flexibility" to serve various African markets.

It is an all-electric satellite and uses solar-electric plasma engines to maneuver in space.

It will reside in Geostationary Orbit 35,786 km above Earth's surface.

GSAT-30

Designed and built by the Indian Space Research Organisation, GSAT-30 will provide high-quality television, telecommunication, and broadband services across India.

It will replace the Insat-4A satellite.GSAT-30 carries a 15 year life expectancy and will reside in Geostationary Orbit, always maintaining the exact same position over Earth's surface.

Image: GSAT-30. Credit: CNES

On this

rocket

Ariane 5

The Ariane 5 is the European Space Agency's (ESA's) heavy lift, workhorse launcher.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space, Ariane 5 is operated and its payload customers contracted via Arianespace.

The rocket carries a per launch price tag of approximately $168 million (USD), but offers ride shares for two large payloads at a time. The two payloads ride one on top of the other, the lower payload being the lighter weight one and the upper payload being the heavier of the two.

The upper payload customer pays about $101 million (USD) and the lower payload customer pays about $67 million (USD) - thus the price of an Ariane 5 is inline with other heavy lift launchers from a "what the customer pays" perspective.

Ariane 5 debuted on 4 June 1996 and has undergone five upgrades and variant changes over the years.

Of those five variants, one remains in operation: the Ariane 5 ECA (Evolution Cryotechnique type A).

Ariane 5 ECA stats

Height: 52 m / 171 ft
Diameter: 5.4 m / 18 ft
Mass: 777,000 kg (1,713,000 lb)
Stages: 3

First Stage - Solid Rocket Boosters & Core stage

Engines: 2 x Solid Rocket Boosters & 1 x Vulcain 2 (core stage)
Length: 31.6 m / 104 ft (boosters)
Diameter: 3.06 m / 10 ft (boosters)
Length: 23.8 m / 78 ft (core stage)
Diameter: 5.4 m / 18 ft (core stage)
Thrust (total at sealevel/liftoff): 3,400,000 lbf / 15,124 kN
Thrust (total in vacuum): 3,490,000 lbf / 15,524 kN
Booster Propellant: Perchlorate / aluminium / polybutadiene
Core Stage propellant: Liquid Oxygen / Liquid Hydrogen

Second Stage - Core Stage

Engines: 1 x Vulcain 2
Length: 23.8 m / 78 ft
Diameter: 5.4 m / 18 ft
Thrust: 310,000 lbf / 1,390 kN
Propellant: Liquid Oxygen / Liquid Hydrogen

Third Stage

Engines: 1 x HM7B
Length: 4.711 m / 15.46 ft
Diameter: 5.4 m / 18 ft
Thrust: 15,000 lbf / 67 kN
Propellant: Liquid Oxygen / Liquid Hydrogen

Payload Lift capability

Geostationary Orbit: 11,115 kg / 24,504 lb

From this

launch site

ELA-3 - Guiana Space Centre - Kourou, French Guiana
2020-01-16

ELA-3 (Ensemble de Lancement Ariane 3) is a launch pad built specially for the Ariane 5 rocket - the European Space Agency's (ESA's) and Arianespace's heavy-lift workhorse vehicle.

Built in the mid-1990s, it was first used on June 4, 1996 for the maiden launch of Ariane 5.

ELA-3 is located in the Guiana Space Centre (French: Centre Spatial Guyanais), a French and European spaceport located near Kourou in French Guiana near the northern tip of South America.

The space centre itself has been operational since 1968 and has hosted launches for the ESA, the French National Centre for Space Studies, and commercial companies Arianespace and Azercosmos.

A total of 9 different rocket types have launched from the Guiana Space Centre, including three active rockets and six retired vehicles.

The current rocket fleet at the space center is comprised of the Ariane 5 for heavy payloads, the Russian-provided Soyuz-STB for medium-mass payloads, and Vega for smaller mass payloads.

The Ariane 6, currently under development, will launch from CSG beginning in the early 2020s.

Here's where to view Eutelsat Konnect BB4A & GSAT-30

Viewing Sites
  • Guiana Space Museum
  • Plages des Roches beach
  • Place des Amandiers
  • Guiana Space Centre
Know Before You Go

ELA-3 (Ensemble de Lancement Ariane 3) is a launch pad built specially for the Ariane 5 rocket - the European Space Agency's (ESA's) and Arianespace's heavy-lift workhorse vehicle.

Built in the mid-1990s, it was first used on June 4, 1996 for the maiden launch of Ariane 5.

ELA-3 is located in the Guiana Space Centre (French: Centre Spatial Guyanais), a French and European spaceport located near Kourou in French Guiana near the northern tip of South America.

The space centre itself has been operational since 1968 and has hosted launches for the ESA, the French National Centre for Space Studies, and commercial companies Arianespace and Azercosmos.

A total of 9 different rocket types have launched from the Guiana Space Centre, including three active rockets and six retired vehicles.

The current rocket fleet at the space center is comprised of the Ariane 5 for heavy payloads, the Russian-provided Soyuz-STB for medium-mass payloads, and Vega for smaller mass payloads.

The Ariane 6, currently under development, will launch from CSG beginning in the early 2020s.

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