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Kupon was a Russian geostationary communications spacecraft that was intended to facilitate banking transactions in Russia and elsewhere, as part of a fleet of the "Bankir" system. The spacecraft carried enough transponders to handle 10,000 transactions simultaneously. The on-board computer failed after the spacecraft achieved orbit rendering it inoperable.

Alternate Names

  • 25045

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1997-11-12
Launch Vehicle: Proton-K
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 2500 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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