Syracuse 3A [Alcatel]
The Syracuse-3 (Systeme de Radio Communications Utilisant un Satellite) series spacecraft are the third-generation military communications satellites for the Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (France's Ministry of Defense's procurement agency).
Syracuse 3 consists of a Spacebus-4000B3 platform, hardened to resist nuclear attack in compliance with NATO specifications.
A powerful communications payload, operating in two frequency bands is fitted on the spacecraft:
In 2007 a third spacecraft was to be ordered, but this was cancelled in favour of including the Syracuse-3C payload in the italian SICRAL 2 satellite.
|Type / Application:||Military communication|
|Contractors:||Alcatel Alenia Space (formerly Alcatel Space)|
|Equipment:||SHF and EHF transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Syracuse 3A||13.10.2005||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5GS||with Galaxy 15|
|Syracuse 3B||11.08.2006||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||with JCSat 10|
|Syracuse 3C||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||replaced by SICRAL 2|