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Originally conceived as the birth of a Scandanavian telecommunications network, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, Tele-X now represents a national Swedish asset with greatly reduced objectives and prospects. Launched on 2 April 1989 by Ariane, the Tele-X spacecraft is located at 5 degrees E with tailored coverage primarily for Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

Based on the Aerospatiale and MBB Spacebus-300, Tele-X has an on-orbit mass of 1.3 metric tons and a design life of up to eight years. The 3-axis stabilized vehicle measures 1.7 m by 2.4 m by 2.4 m with a solar array span of 19 m and a electrical capacity in excess of 3 kW. The communications payload consists of four Ku-band transponders.

On 16 January 1998 the satellite was moved to a graveyard orbit.

Nation: Sweden
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Nordiska Satellitaktiebolaget (NSAB)
Contractors: Aerospatiale, MBB
Equipment: 5 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-300
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 6.3 years (design), 9 years
Mass: 2089 kg (1050 kg dry)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Tele-X 1989-027A 02.04.1989 Ko ELA-1 Ariane-2


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