Ariane 5 ECA is designed to deliver payloads, mainly communications satellites, weighing up to 10 t into GTO, including the supporting structure and adaptors. With its increased capacity, Ariane 5 ECA can handle dual launches of very large satellites.
This version of the launcher maintains Europe’s competitiveness in the commercial space transport sector by offering customers the opportunity to launch a wider range of heavier satellites.
Owing to its performance and flexibility to adapt to different missions requirements, Ariane 5 ECA is also used by institutional customers for non-GTO missions (for example, launching ESA’s Herschel and Plank scientific missions in 2009).
- Total Delta V: 7.1km/s
- Total Thrust: 22.6MN
- Engines: 26
- Wet Mass: 4.14E+5kg
- Dry Mass: 75,417kg