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Mission type Communication
Operator Nordic Satellite AB
Swedish Space Corporation
COSPAR ID 1989-027A
Website Tele-X at SSC
Mission duration 9 years
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Aérospatiale
Saab Ericsson Space
Dry mass 1,050 kilograms (2,310 lb)
Power 3,000 watts
Start of mission
Launch date April 2, 1989 (1989-04-02)
Rocket Ariane 2
Launch site Kourou ELA-1
Contractor Ariancespace
End of mission
Deactivated January 16, 1998 (1998-01-17)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Perigee 35,765 kilometres (22,223 mi)
Apogee 35,807 kilometres (22,249 mi)
Period 1,451 minutes

Tele-X was the first communications satellite serving the Nordic countries. It was launched with an Ariane 2 rocket from Kourou, French Guyana, on April 2, 1989. On January 16, 1998, its fuel was exhausted and it was moved into graveyard orbit. The project was managed and operated by the Swedish Space Corporation, but it was built by Aérospatiale and Saab Ericsson Space, based on the Spacebus 300 series.

Some of the TV channels it broadcast was TV4 Sweden, Kanal 5 Sweden, NRK and Filmnet. In addition, it broadcast radio for TT, The Voice Danmark, Radio Sweden, Rix FM, Mix Megapol and NRJ. It was also used for Internet communication for universities in Eastern Europe.

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