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GE 8



GE 8 is an American geosynchronous communications spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou at 00:26 UT. The 2.2 ton (with fuel) spacecraft carries 24 C-band transponders to provide voice, video, and broadband data communications to the contiguous USA, Alaska, and the Caribbean after parking over 139 deg-W longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 26639
  • GE8

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-12-20
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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