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Symphonie 2



Symphonie 2 was a French-German, geostationary, equatorial experimental communications satellite. The satellite body was a right hexagonal prism, 1.85-m maximum diameter and 0.5-m high. Several antennas and other appendages were mounted on the ends, and three sets of symmetrically placed solar panels extended outward a distance of 2.6 m from alternate edges of the spacecraft. A flywheel operated attitude control system was maintaining attitude along three axes. A positive orbit control system placed the spacecraft at a desired longitude and was being used to maintain that position. It provided 1200 telephone circuits and eight voice and two color TV channels which operate between 4 and 6 GHz.

Alternate Names

  • 08132
  • Symphonie-B
  • Symphonie2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1975-08-27
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 400 kg

Funding Agencies

  • Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France)
  • Unknown (United States)
  • Gesellschaft fuer Weltraumforschung, Germany (Federal Republic of Germany)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Burkhard PfeifferProject ManagerGes fur Weltraumforschung
Mr. P. ViellardProject ManagerCentre National d'Etudes Spatiales
Mr. Robert J. GossGeneral ContactNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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