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THAICOM 1A, a Thailand geostationary communications spacecraft, was launched by an Ariane 44-L booster from Kourou, French Guiana and parked a little eastward of that country, at 120 degrees E. It contained twelve C-band transponders with a footprint coverage including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, The Philippines, Korea, Japan and the East Coast of China, with a nominal EIRP of 36 dBW. It also contained two KU-band transponders that provided a high-powered spot beam for Thailand with a nominal EIRP of 50 dBW which was ideally suitable for direct broadcasting applications.

Alternate Names

  • 22931

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1993-12-18
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 629 kg
Nominal Power: 800 W

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Thailand)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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