Initial Operational Capability (IOC): March 2014
Total Production: 1
Origin: France and Italy
Corporations: Thales Alenia Space
Parent System: Athena-Fidus
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): March 2014
Total Production: 1
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Description: Athena-Fidus is a French-Italian geosynchronous military wideband communications satellite capable of data transfer rates of up to 2 Gb per second. The French and Italian Ministries of Defense signed a letter of intent (LOI) in support of the Athena-Fidus program November 30, 2007. The program's contract award is expected in the first half of 2008 with the satellite scheduled for launch in 2012. The Athena-Fidus program is being managed by French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) and Space Agency (CNES) and the Italian Defense Procurement Agency (Segredifesa) and the Space Agency (ASI).

Athena-Fidus Specifications

Data Transfer Rate
Data Transfer Rate: 2 Gbps (2,000,000 Kbps)
Service Life: 15 year (5,475 day)
Weight: 3 ton (6,614 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Athena-Fidus News

There are 3 news between
10 Feb 2010 and 23 May 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018HammerHead MALE Drone Demonstrates Satellite Control Capability
Tuesday, April 28, 2015French Armed Forces Receive Very High-Speed IP-Based Satellite Communications
Wednesday, February 10, 2010Thales Alenia Space Chosen to Build Athena-Fidus Telecommunications System

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total ?2

Athena-Fidus Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
Athena-Fidus Ariane 5 - Kourou6 Feb 2014Mar 2014-

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