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HellasSat 2

HellasSat 2 [Astrium]

The high-power Hellas-Sat 2 spacecraft is a Eurostar-2000+ model equipped with 30 active FSS transponders operating in Ku-band, allowing the transmission of digital TV direct to home receive antennas as small as 60 cm.

It has a launch mass of 3250 kg and an end-of-life power of 7.6 kW. Located at 39 East two deployable antennas provide Pan European coverage, including Greece, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, while two steerable beams can be moved to cover South Africa and the Middle East.

Five companies are part of the Hellas-Sat Consortium: the Cypriot Company Avacom Net, the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, the Cyprus Bank of Development, the Hellenic Aerospace Industry and Canada's Telesat.

This satellite has a rather complicated history: It was ordered as Intelsat K-TV, then sold to New Skies as NSS K-TV, renamed NSS 6. New Skies terminated the contract. Intelsat in cooperation with Sinosat reacquired it as Intelsat APR3 (or Sinosat 1B), but this contract was again cancelled when no export licence for a launch on an chinese rocket was issued. Finally it was bought by Hellas Sat to be launched on an Atlas-5(401) vehicle.

Hellas-Sat 2 provided communications to Greece from its position at 39 East from 2003 to 2018. Then it was moved to 95 West and then in 2022 back to 10 West.

Nation: Greece
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Hellas Sat
Contractors: Astrium
Equipment: 30 active Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Eurostar-2000+
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 3250 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
HellasSat 2 (ex Intelsat APR3 (Sinosat 1B) ex NSS 6 ex NSS K-TV ex Intelsat K-TV) 2003-020A 13.05.2003 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401)


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