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Measat 2

Also called Africasat 2


Designation 24653 / 96063B
Launch date 13 Nov 1996
Country of origin Malaysia
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Ariane V92

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Begin End Position
L: 13 Nov 1996 Jan 2008 148°E
Jan 2008 Sep 2009 148°E, inclined
Jan 2010 Dec 2010 5.7°E, inclined, renamed Africasat 2
Sep 2011 Jul 2018 148°E, inclined (6 C-band and 6 Ku-band transp. remaining)

End of life

Out of service Jul 2018
Cause Sent to Junk orbit

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)



Prime contractor Hughes
Platform HS-376HP
Mass at launch 1520 kg
Mass in orbit 650 kg or 886 kg ?
Diameter 2.16 m
Height 3.3 m (7.82 m deployed)
Solar array gallium arsenide
Stabilization spin stabilized
DC power 1705 W
Design lifetime 11 years

The satellite uses gallium arsenide solar cells instead of silicon. It also features a specially contoured surface that eliminates the need for multiple feed horns. Also its has bipropellant propulsion system for stationkeeping and attitude control.


Main transponders
Backup transponders  
Power 12 W
Bandwidth 72 MHz
Coverage South-East Asia, East Australia and Hawaii
EIRP max 39 dBW
Polarization linear
Frequencies Uplink: 5.925-6.425 GHz
Downlink: 3.700-4200 GHz


Main transponders 11
Backup transponders  
Power 8 x 95 W
3 x 62 W
Bandwidth 48 MHz
Coverage switchable (by transponder) to: Malaysia, Queensland/Australia, Philippines, India or Vietnam +Taiwan spot
EIRP max 57 dBW
Polarization linear
Frequencies Uplink: 14.000-14.250 GHz
Downlink: 10.950-11.200 GHz, switchable to 11.45-11.7 or 12.2-12.75 GHz

Ku-band transponder frequency chart (GHz)

Transponder Vertical
10.982 14.032  
11.044 14.094  
11.106 14.156  
11.168 14.218  
  further specs. lacking    

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