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Also called AfriBSS


Designation 25515 / 98063A
Launch date 28 Oct 1998
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 21°E
Launch vehicle Ariane V113

In early Jan 1999 it was revealed that one of the 2 payload interface units is not working properly. This could reduce the expected lifetime of the satellite by preventing a backup TWTA to replace a failed primary TWTA.

Operational service started on 1st Oct 1999. Was needing an early replacement (2008) because of degradation of the solar arrays: Afristar 2

Went inclined in August 2012. Licence extension was requested till April 2021.

End of life

Out of service Dec 2017
Cause Sent to junk orbit

External resources

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading


Onboard signal processing. Equipped with Fokker-made solar arrays which might have a defect.

Freq: 2.21242 or 2.21415 GHz
Beacon at 1491.7030 MHz

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