SICRAL 1 [Alenia]
SICRAL (Sistema Italiana de Communicazione Riservente Allarmi), the first national italian system for satellite military telecommunications, has been developed by the SITAB consortium made up of Alenia Spazio, a Finmeccanica Company (70%), Fiat Avio (20%) and Telespazio (10%).
The SICRAL 1 satellite can operate simultaneously on several frequency bands (SHF, EHF and UHF), a characteristics first in Europe, with the possibility to switch the bands on-board of the satellite (first in the world). The UHF satellite repeater is the Europe's most powerful and the only one to operate inter-connected to the SHF/EHF band.
The contract for SICRAL 1B was signed in late 2006.
|Type / Application:||Military communication|
|Operator:||Italian Ministry of Defense|
|Contractors:||Alenia Spazio (#1); Alcatel Alenia Space (formerly Alenia Spazio) (#1B)|
|Equipment:||3 UHF band, 5 SHF band and 1 EHF/Ka band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||10 years (#1); 14 years (#1B)|
|Mass:||2596 kg (#1); 3038 kg (#1B)|
|SICRAL 1||2001-005A||07.02.2001||Ko ELA-2||Ariane-44L H10-3||with Skynet 4F|
|SICRAL 1B||2009-020A||20.04.2009||SL||Zenit-3SL (2)|