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Italsat 2


Designation 24208 / 96044A
Launch date 8 Aug 1996
Country of origin Italy
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 16.4°E
Launch vehicle Ariane V90

Insured cost (satellite + launch): $200 million

EMS service began on 31 Oct 1996. In early 2001 it was announced a partnership with Eutelsat was formed to launch Ka-band services prior the launch of Hotbird 6.

End of life

Out of service Jul 2002
Cause Moved to the junk orbit, ran out of fuel

External resources

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Technical data

EIRP coverage

Ka-band National
Ka-band Multibeam
EMS (L- and Ku-band)


Prime contractor Alenia Aerospace (was Selenia Spazio)
Platform Italsat
Mass at launch 1983 kg
Mass in orbit 1185 kg
Payload mass 275 kg
Dimension 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.3 m
Solar array 24 m span
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power EOL: solstice: 1990 W
Payload power 1266 W
Design lifetime 8 years
Beacons Telemetry: 18.685 & 2.202 GHz
Command: 2.028 GHz

Ka-band (20/30 GHz)

Main transponders 3 national beam + 6 multi-beam
Backup transponders  
Power 20 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth national beam: 36 MHz
multi-beam: 110 MHz
Coverage national beam: Italy
multi-beam: Italy (6 spots)
EIRP max national beam: 48 dBW
multi-beam: 54 dBW

European Mobile System (EMS) payload

Main transponders L-band (1.5/1.6 GHz): 3 (forward)
Ku-band (12/14 GHz): 12 (return)
Power 20 W
Bandwidth L-band: 4 MHz
Ku-band: 0.9 MHz
Coverage Europe
EIRP max L-band: 42.5 dBW
Ku-band: 32 dBW

Payload developed by ESA. part of the capacity is leased to to Nuova Telespazio of the STET Group.

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