The KL-Alpha A and B satellites are test satellites for a global multimedia satellite system for the German company KLEO Connect.
The satellites were built by CAS Microspace and feature a Ka-band communications payload.
The purpose of the alpha phase test satellites is to assess the Ka-band mobile communication environment adaptability, the verification of a Ka-band LEO satellites to GEO satellite interference suppression technology, and the orbital evaluation of commercial-grade electronic components to achieve low-cost long-life.
The satellites were launched in November 2019 on a Kuaizhou-1A rocket from Jiuquan. One of the satellites was deployed into a circular 1050 × 1050 km, 86°, while the other went to an elliptical 1050 × 1425 km, 86° orbit.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Power:||solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||70 kg (#1); 90 kg (#2)|
|Orbit:||1044 km × 1057 km, 88.91° (#A); 1045 km × 1431 km, 88.91° (#B)|
|KL-Alpha A||2019-077A||17.11.2019||Jq LP-43/95B||Kuaizhou-1A||with KL-Alpha B|
|KL-Alpha B||2019-077B||17.11.2019||Jq LP-43/95B||Kuaizhou-1A||with KL-Alpha A|