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KA-SAT, a European communications satellite, was launched from Baikonur on 26 December 2010 at 21:51 UT by a Proton rocket. KA-SAT is Europe's first satellite with an exclusively Ka-band communications payload. The craft carries 82 Ka-band spot beams to provide 70 Gbit/s of capacity across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Each of its beams can handle up to 900 Mbit/s of two-way communications traffic. KA-SAT will park in a geosynchronous orbital location at 9° E. The expected operational life of KA-SAT is 15 years.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2010-12-26
    Launch Vehicle: Proton
    Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

    Funding Agency

    • European Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (International)


    • Communications

    Additional Information

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

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