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KL-Alpha A, B

KL-ALpha [CAS]

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 satellite 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.

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: KLEO Connect
Contractors: CAS
Equipment: Ka-band payload
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 70 kg (#1); 90 kg (#2)
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
KL-Alpha A 2018-077A 17.11.2019 Jq SLS-E2 Kuaizhou-1A with KL-Alpha B
KL-Alpha B 2018-077B 17.11.2019 Jq SLS-E2 Kuaizhou-1A with KL-Alpha A