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ITALSAT

Italy's first operational communications satellite was launched 15 January 1991 by an Ariane booster. Developed by a contractor team led by Alenia Spazio, ITALSAT carries ten active transponders plus five spares for 30/20 GHz and 50/40 GHz links with a capacity of 12,000 telephone circuits. The 900-kg (on-station) spacecraft consists of a rectangular bus 2.3 m by 2.7 m by 3.5 m and two solar panels with a total span of 21.8 m and more than 1.5 kW power. The design life for the first test vehicle is only five years. ITALSAT 2 is not scheduled for launch until 1996 when it will also carry ESA's first European Mobile Services payload. ITALSAT 2 was undergoing environmental testing in France in late 1994. ITALSAT 1 is stationed at 13.2 degrees E, which will also be the home of ITALSAT 2 (References 146, 149-152).



REFERENCES

146. INTESPACE press release, 11 July 1994.

147. S. Parnes, "Israeli Students Begin Work on Techsat 1 Satellite", Space News, 31 August - 6 September 1992, p. 34.

148. ITAR-TASS News Agency, 1 November 1994.

149. "Italsat Satellite Undergoes Tests in Toulouse, France", Space News, 8-14 August 1994, p. 14.

150. C. Covault, "CNES, Matra Accelerate Spacecraft, Ariane 5 Tests", Aviation Week and Space Technology, 5 December 1994, p. 22.

151. R. Riccitiello, "Italsat Launch to Improve Telecommunications", Space News, 16-22 March 1992, p. 8.

152. B.I. Edelson, op. cit., pp. 250-252.



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