XTAR / USA (Spain)

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Launch data:

Designation 28542 / 05005A
Launch date 12 Feb 2005 - 21:03 UT
Launch site Ko, ELA-3
Launch vehicle  Ariane-5 / ECA (V-164)
Mission X-band military communications
Geostationary orbit on 27 Feb:
Perigee / Apogee 35600 x 35971 km
Inclination 0.06°
Period 1436.03 min

Maiden flight of this launch vehicle variant. Launched together with Maqsat B2 and Sloshsat-FLEVO

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Operator Hisdesat/XTAR of Spain
Platform  SS/L-1300
Mass at launch  3631 kg (2219 kg of propellant)
Dry Mass 1412 kg
Basic shape  Box + 2 panels
Dimension (m) 2.2 x 2.8 x 5.4
31.4 span
Solar array  2
Equipment 12 X-band transponders
Design lifetime  15 years




XTAR, LLC is a satellite communications company committed to serving the needs of U.S., Spanish and allied governments. The company is a joint venture between Loral, which owns 56 percent, and HISDESAT, which owns 44 percent. XTAR is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices in Madrid, Spain, and Palo Alto, Calif.

The XTAR-EUR is a military and government communication satellite, will carry twelve wideband high-power X-band transponders and operate from an Indian Ocean region orbital slot to be determined by XTAR. XTAR EUR is designed to operate with existing and planned defense communications terminals around the world.

XTAR expects to begin offering its X-band services to government users in the United States, Spain, and other friendly and allied nations shortly after launch and the completion of in-orbit testing. Service will commence at the highly desirable 29 degrees East Longitude orbital slot providing a footprint extending from the Eastern Atlantic to Southeast Asia.

Astrophilately covers:


Launch cancel Kourou.


Headquarter cancel Paris.

Credit covers: J.VdDr.

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