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Europe*Star 1



Europe*Star 1 (with that embedded "*" in the name) was a European geosynchronous communications spacecraft launched by an Ariane 44LP rocket at 04:59 UT from Kourou. The 4.2 ton (with fuel) spacecraft carried 30 Ku-band transponders to provide direct-to-home video, internet, and high speed data transmission among South Africa, Europe and the Indian subcontinent after parking over 45 deg-E longitude. It was the 100th successful launch by Ariane rockets, almost coinciding with the 100th launch of the American Shuttle mission.

Alternate Names

  • Intelsat 12
  • IS-12
  • 26590
  • Europe*Star1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-10-30
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agencies

  • Unknown (France)
  • International Telecommunications Satellite Corporation (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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