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Satellite Name: Athena Fidus
Status: active
Position: 38° E (37.8° E)
NORAD: 39509
Cospar number: 2014-006B
Operator: Telespazio/CNES
Launch date: 6-Feb-2014
Launch site: Guiana Space Center
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch mass (kg): 3080
Dry mass (kg):  
Manufacturer: Thales Group
Model (bus): Spacebus-4000B2
Orbit: GEO
Expected lifetime: 15+ yrs.
Call sign:  
Athena-Fidus is a French-Italian telecommunication satellite providing high-throughput secure communications to both nation's armed forces and their emergency services. The satellite provides an encrypted, 3 Gbit/s throughput, using mostly Ka-band links. It carries 14 antennas including 7 mobile spot antennas, enabling positioning of steerable 1750-km diameter spot beams over operational theaters requiring a high bandwidth. France owns 5 beams and Italy 2. The system will enable communication with deployable ground stations and with drones
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