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Express 2


Designation 24435 / 96058A
Launch date 26 Sep 1996
Country of origin CIS
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Proton #244

GE American Communications Inc. announced it will launch a international video programming satellite service on this bird aimed at the Indian sub-continent. The news programming will be in English and Hindi. Also GE Americom has a long-term agreement for five C-band and two Ku-band transponders.

Had a failure on 7 May 1999. Service has restored within hours.


Begin End Position
L: 26 Sep 1996 May 2000 Express-06, 80°E
Jul 2000 Jun 2002 Express-09, 103°E

End of life

Out of service Jun 2002
Cause Drifting, probably ran out of fuel

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data

Antenna specifications
Transponder/Antenna connections
Transponder Frequency Chart

EIRP coverage (dBW)

C-band, quasi-global (A3)
C-band, hemispheric (A4)
Ku-band, spot (A9)

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