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Apco 1, 2

Apco 1 ? [Astranis]

Apco 1 and 2 are small geostationary Ka-band high-througput communications satellite (HTS) built by Astranis for Apco Networks to deliver critical connectivity for 4G cellular backhaul and enterprise services across Mexico and part of Central America.

At one meter cubed and under 400 kg, the Astranis MicroGEO satellites can be built in months, not years. The 400 kg satellites will use electric propulsion to reach geostationary orbit.

The satellites are High Throughput Satellites (HTS) featuring a reconfigurable software-defined Ka-band payload.

Apco 1 and 2 were contracted in March 2023.

Nation: Mexico
Type / Application: Communications
Operator: Apco Networks
Contractors: Astranis
Equipment: Ku-band HTP payload
Configuration: MicroGEO
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 7-10 years
Mass: < 400 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Apco 1 - 2025 with Apco 2, Orbith 1, Philippines Sat 1, Thaicom 9
Apco 2 - 2025 with Apco 1, Orbith 1, Philippines Sat 1, Thaicom 9

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