- Status Report
- Feb 5, 2023
Arianespace Flight 137: First Launch of the Millennium
Arianespace successfully kicked off
its 2001 launch activity by orbiting Turksat 2A/Eurasiasat 1, an Alcatel Space
communications satellite for Turkish operator Eurasiasat S.A.M.
Building bridges between Europe and Asia
Eurasiasat 1 will bridge the continents of Europe and Asia, providing
communications links between Western Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and
the Far East.
Turksat 2A/Eurasiasat 1 is the third Turkish satellite to be boosted into
orbit by Ariane, following Turksat 1B in August 1994, and Turksat
1C in July
1996. The Turksat 2A/Eurasiasat 1 spacecraft is designed for a service life
exceeding 15 years.
Today’s launch is part of a turnkey contract awarded by Eurasiasat S.A.M.
to Alcatel Space. Based in Monaco, Eurasiasat S.A.M. is jointly owned by Turk
Telekom and Alcatel Space.
Ariane continues to set the standard for reliability and availability This
first successful launch in 2001 marks the 60th consecutive successful launch
of an Ariane 4.
Arianespace has maintained a rapid-paced launch schedule in 2000,
demonstrating its capability to adapt to customer satellite availability.
the year 2000 the launch services company has orbited 16 communications
satellites and four auxiliary payloads, using eight Ariane 4s and four Ariane
First launch of a very busy year
The next launch, Flight 139, is planned for February 7, when an Ariane 44L
will carry two communications satellites into orbit: SICRAL of the SITAB
consortium for the Italian Ministry of Defense and SKYNET 4F of Astrium for
the British Ministry of Defense.
Arianespace plans 10 other Ariane launches in 2001, bringing the year’s
total to 11.
Following today’s successful Flight 137, Arianespace’s backlog stands at
35 satellites to be launched, plus 9 ATV launches for the International
Technical data Flight 137 launcher Ariane 44P (with four solid-propellant strap-on boosters) 102nd Ariane 4 launcher since service entry Launch site ELA-2, Guiana Space Center, Kourou, French Guiana Launch time 7:09 pm January 10 Kourou 22:09 January 10 GMT 5:09 pm January 10 Washington, D.C. 11:09 pm January 10 Paris 12:09 am January 11 Istanbul Turksat 2A/Eurasiasat 1 for Alcatel Space Communications satellite: Spacebus 3000B3 platform Prime contractor Alcatel Space Industries, Cannes, France Mass at liftoff 3,535 kg. Payload 32 Ku-band transponders (20 BSS channels and 12 FSS channels) Orbital position 42 degrees East, over Somalia Coverage zone Europe, Middle East, Asia Orbital parameters (at third stage injection) Actual Target Perigee 179.8 km. 179.8 km. (+3) Apogee 35,932 km. 35,934 km. (+240) Inclination 6.50 degrees 6.50 degrees (+0.07 degrees)