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Sicral is an Italian geosynchronous military communications spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane 44L rocket from Kourou at 23:05 UT. The 1.25 ton (dry mass), 3.3 kW, 3.4 m x 4.9 m, triaxially stabilized spacecraft carries a total of nine transponders in the SHF-, UHF-, and EHF-bands to enable secure communications after parking over 16.2 deg-E longitude. [SHF: Superhigh Frequency. UHF: Ultrahigh Frequency. EHF: Extremely High Frequency. Band ranges are not available now.]

Alternate Names

  • 26694

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2001-02-07
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Italy)


  • Communications
  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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

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