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TV-Sat 1, 2

TV-Sat 1 [Telekom]

Like the French TDF, TV-Sat satellites are based on the Aerospatiale Spacebus 300 plattorm and were created by the Eurosatellite consortium of Aerospatiale and Messerschmitt-Broelkow-Blohm (MBB). The technical specifications of TV-Sat are also virtually identical with those of TDF, and both satellites share the same geostationary locale near 19 degrees W. MBB was responsible for the attitude and orbit control systems on both TDF and TV-Sat using the S400 and S10 engines.

TV-Sat 1 was launched on 21 November 1987 but the failure of one solar panel to deploy severely curtailed operations, and the spacecraft was placed in a graveyard orbit in 1989. TV-Sat 2 followed on 8 August 1989 and is currently on station at 19.2 degrees W. No further launches in this series are planned

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Deutsche Bundestpost → Deutsche Telekom
Contractors: Aerospatiale
Equipment: 5(+1) 230 W Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-300
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 8 years
Mass: 2136 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TV-Sat 1 1987-095A 21.11.1987 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-2
TV-Sat 2 1989-062A 08.08.1989 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44LP H10 with Hipparcos