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SATMEX 5 was a Mexican communications satellite launched from the Kourou space center in French Guiana aboard an Ariane rocket. It offered nearly 8,000 watts of power and carried 48 transponders, 24 in C-band and 24 in Ku-band. It was the fifth satellite Hughes Space and Communications Company built that used XIPS. It provided improved services, such as business communications, television distribution, educational programming, and others, with high reliability. The satellite beams expanded to include the whole American continent, providing services to countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, Venezuela, the US, among others.

Alternate Names

  • 25558

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1998-12-06
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 1950 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Mexico)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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