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DFS Kopernikus 2



The German telecommunications satellite, DFS Kopernikus 2, was lofted with TDF-2 aboard an Ariane 44L booster from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite was the second in a two-satellite system providing telephone service, television and radio broadcasts to Germany and neighboring East and West European countries. It carried 11 transponders, 3 operating at 14/11 GHz, 7 at 14/12 GHz, and 1 at 30/20 GHz. Maximum EIRP was 54 dbW. The satellite was built by a German consortium, RDSF, for Deutsche Bundespost Telekom. It was a 3.4 by 1.7 by 2.9 m box, spanning 15.4 m with solar arrays deployed. DFS Kopernikus 2, stationed above 28.5 deg. e long., supplements the coverage area of the Flight 1 satellite in orbit since June 1989. It has a 10-year design life.

Alternate Names

  • 20706
  • DFSKopernikus2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1990-07-24
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 850 kg
Nominal Power: 1550 W

Funding Agency

  • Deutsche Bundespost (Federal Republic of Germany)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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