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EUTELSAT-II F2 was launched for the European Space Agency from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana by the same Ariane rocket that launched ITALSAT 1. It was the second in a series of new-generation European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT) and provided TV, telephone, telex and data transmission services to the European Community. It carried sixteen 50-W Ku-band transponders; signals could be received on small 60 to 70-cm antennas. Built by a consortium led by Aerospatiale, the satellite measured 1.3 by 1.3 by 2.7 m. Solar arrays spanned 22.4 m when deployed and provided 3,000 W of power. It had an eight-year design life. The Ariane-launched satellite was colocated with EUTELSAT-I F5 above 10 deg. E. Traffic was transferred from the elder satellite and commercial service via the new craft commenced in March. EUTELSAT-I F5 was then moved to 21.5 E.

Alternate Names

  • 21056

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1991-01-15
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 1877 kg
Nominal Power: 3000 W

Funding Agency

  • European Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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