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Aurora 2



Aurora 2, an Alaskan-owned telecommunications satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta booster rocket. It provided telephone, television, maritime, radio and emergency communications service for the northern state's long distance carrier, Alascom, as well as radio and data services for GE Americom. The satellite carried 32 C-band transponders (24 primary and 6 redundant) operating at 6/4 GHz. Sixteen of the 24 channels served Alaskan customers, 8 served US business. Built by GE Astro-Space for Alascom, Aurora 2 was box-shaped, measuring 1 by 1.64 by 1.4 m. Two three-panel solar arrays, totalling 13 sq. m, extended from either side of the main body. The fixed dual-polarization reflector antenna covered the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii. It replaced Aurora 1, retired after 9 years of service. Stationed above 139 deg. w, Aurora 2 became operational in July. It has a 12-year life expectancy.

Alternate Names

  • 21392
  • Aurora2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1991-05-29
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 1336 kg

Funding Agency

  • GE American Communications, Inc. (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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