Tele-X

Tele-X was the first communications satellite serving the Nordic countries. It was launched with an Ariane 2 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, 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.

Tele-X
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorNordic Satellite AB
Swedish Space Corporation
COSPAR ID1989-027A
SATCAT no.19919
WebsiteTele-X at SSC
Mission duration9 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerAérospatiale
Saab Ericsson Space
Dry mass1,050 kilograms (2,310 lb)
Power3,000 watts
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 2, 1989 (1989-04-02)
RocketAriane 2
Launch siteKourou ELA-1
ContractorAriancespace
End of mission
DeactivatedJanuary 16, 1998 (1998-01-17)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Perigee altitude35,765 kilometres (22,223 mi)
Apogee altitude35,807 kilometres (22,249 mi)
Period1,451 minutes
Epoch1 April 1989, 21:28:00 UTC[1]
 

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.