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Sicral 1A


Designation 26694 / 01005A
Launch date 7 Feb 2001
Country of origin Italy
Mission Military: Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 16.2°E (before blackout)
Launch vehicle Ariane V139

When inclined in Aug 2007.

Should cost EUR 370 million

In Dec 2014 moved to 21.5°E to save the orbital slot that Luxembourg is planning to use for an X- and Ka-band satellite to be launched in 2017. That move was required because Astra 2G was late for launch.

End of life

Out of service In 2021 the Sicral 1 satellites are said to be decommissionned.
Cause Amateurs report it has been sent to juno orbit

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Technical data


Prime contractor Alenia Spazio (for the Sitab consortium)
Platform Italsat
Mass at launch 2596 kg
Dry mass 1253 kg
Payload mass 450 kg
Dimension 2.79 m height x 3.43 x 4.93 m
Solar array 24.5 m span
Stabilization 3 axis
DC power BOL: 3280 W
Design lifetime 10 years

Telemetry in S- and X-band
Command in S-band.

Would have 9 transponders in SHF, UHF and EHF. On board band switching.

UHF-band (300/260 MHz)

Main transponders  
Backup transponders  
Coverage global
EIRP max 33 dBW
G/T max  

Known freq: 252.200 MHz-252.350 MHz, 258.150 MHz-258.300 MHz and 267.100 MHz-267.250 MHz
Possible telemetry at 2203.44 MHz

SHF-band (8/7 GHz)

Main transponders  
Backup transponders  
Coverage 1 shaped beam covering Europe, the Middle East and North East Africa
2 mobile spot beams
EIRP max 44 dBW
G/T max  

EHF-band (44/20 GHz)

Main transponders  
Backup transponders  
Coverage global and shaped-spot to cover Italy
EIRP max  
G/T max  

Beacon & Telemetry at 20.250 GHz

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