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Detailed information about SIRIUS 2 (GE-1E) satellite

Designator id: 1997-071A

Description of SIRIUS 2 (GE-1E) Satellite:

Sirius 2 was a Swedish communications satellite launched from the Kourou Space Complex in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 44L rocket. It was placed in a geosynchronus orbit at 4.9 deg E. It carried 32 Ku-band transponders powered by 44-watt traveling-wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs). The spacecraft used gallium arsenide solar cells to generate a minimum of 1400 watts of power at end of life and relied on nickel-hydrogen batteries for power through eclipses. Its antenna had shaped surface octagonal reflectors of approximately 2 m in diameter, with single offset feeds. This antenna had three surfaces: one for horizonatally polarized signals, one for vertically polarized signals, and one for on-station tracking and command.

Sirius 2 was used primarily for direct-to-home and cable television services as well as data distribution in Scandinavia and neighboring countries, but it was also capable of providing television distribution and high-speed internet data to Greenland. The Ku-band effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) was minimum 54 dBW in the primary zone.

The spacecraft was moved to 31.5 deg E longitude in April 2008 in order to expand services to Central and Eastern Europe. It suffered an apparent sudden technical anomaly in January 2009 that ended its in-service lifetime. It was to be moved into a graveyard orbit.

Technical data:

Launch Date: 1997-11-12
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 815.0 kg
Nominal Power: 1400.0 W
Funding Agencies:

SES (Sweden)



Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 25049U 97071A   12338.49641032 -.00000127  00000-0  10000-3 0  2910
2 25049 003.4921 068.1849 0001262 306.9703 052.6992 00.99408780 55060

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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