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Sirius 4 (Astra 4A)

Sirius 4 [Lockheed Martin]

Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB) has awarded a contract in early January 2005 to Lockheed Martin  to design and manufacture the Sirius 4 satellite.

Sirius 4 will be a multi-mission Ku/Ka-band satellite to be built on Lockheed Martin's reliable A2100AXS platform with a minimum service life of 15 years. The spacecraft will be designed to be compatible with all flight-proven commercial launch vehicles and NSAB intends to select the respective launch service provider later on in the year. The satellite will be deployed at NSAB's orbital position of 5 East in the second quarter of 2007.

The first mission of Sirius 4 will be to provide replacement capacity for NSAB's existing Sirius 2 and Sirius 3 satellites in the Nordic and Baltic markets as well as to enhance coverage in Eastern Europe and Russia. This mission is supported by 46 active Ku-band transponders in the BSS and FSS frequency bands.

As a second mission Sirius 4 will provide one wide beam Ka-Band transponder for interactive applications in Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

The third mission of Sirius 4 will be to provide a sub-Saharan Africa beam complementing existing (Astra 2B, AMC 12 (also intially called Astra 4A)) African coverage within the SES GLOBAL fleet. This mission will be supported by a payload consisting of 6 active Ku-Band transponders and an additional Ka-Band transponder for inter-connections between Africa and Europe. As the AMC 12 satellite was transferred to New Skies Satellite, the Astra 4A designation has been allocated to the sub-Saharan Africa beam of Sirius 4.

Nation: Sweden
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: SES Sirius AB (ex Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget, NSAB)
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 52 Ku-band transponders, 2 Ka-band transponders
Configuration: A2100AXS
Propulsion: LEROS-1C
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4385 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Sirius 4 (Astra 4A) 2007-057A 17.11.2007 Ba LC-200/39 Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.1)
Further Sirius missions:
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