Formerly known as SATCOMBw-1 COMSATBw = COmmunications SATellite für BundesWehr.
35943 / 09054B
01 Oct 2009 - 21:59 UT
Perigee / Apogee
35773 x 35799 km
Thales Alenia Space (France/Italy)
IT-AMTBw (Armed Forces)
Mass at launch
15 yrs - still active
Germany's first military communications satellite.
COMSATBw-1 (formerly known as SATCOMBw-1) is a Thales Alenia/Cannes Spacebus 3000B2 satellite for German
military communications. (Prime contractor for the space segment is EADS Astrium but Thales built the
satellite.) The project is managed by IT-AMTBw (Bundesamt fur Informationsmanagement und informationstechnik
der Bundeswehr), the federal bureau for information technology of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr).
It is also known as GMS-2A (possibly for German Military Satellite?)
The satellites entered a 265 x 35801 km x 2.9 deg transfer orbit.