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Ariane V101


Launch id 97066
Launch date 30 Oct 1997 at 13:43 UT
Launch site Kourou ELA 3
Type 5
Payload mass  
Payload A: Maqsat H
B: Maqsat B
GTO 534 x 26631 km x 7.8° (instead of 581 x 36000 km)

Partial failure: the satellites were not injected in correct orbit. The EPC core stage shut down early (5 seconds) and had a roll control problem. The EAP solid boosters and the EPS final stage appear to have operated correctly.

A dummy ballast mass replaced Phase 3D which was pulled off the mission because of a predicted rougher ride than originally specified.

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