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Skynet 5A



Skynet 5A is a geostationary British military communications craft that was launched by an Ariane 5-ECA rocket from Kourou at 22:03 UT on 11 March 2007. The 4.7 tonne craft is reported to be well-hardened against impacts and is capable of repelling jamming attacks. It will be parked at 1.0° W longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 30794
  • Skynet5A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2007-03-11
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • Ministry of Defence, UK (United Kingdom)


  • Communications
  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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

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