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BSAT 2B was intended to be a Japanese geosynchronous communications spacecraft. It was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou at 23:58 UT on 12 July 2001. A propulsion problem in the final stage of rocket caused the 1.3 tonne satellite to orbit at a much lower altitude. Since BSAT 2B carried only one engine, an ignition of that was inadequate to lift the orbit significantly.

Alternate Names

  • 26864
  • BSAT2B

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2001-07-12
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • Broadcast Satellite System Corp of Tokyo (Japan)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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