There are 6 images added between 4 December 2006 and 27 April 2015
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): March 2001
Total Production: 3
Unitary Cost: EUR€118 million   (USD$124 million)
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Avio, Telespazio* and Thales Alenia Space   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Sicral
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): March 2001
Total Production: 3
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Description: The Sicral (Sistema Italiano per Comunicazioni Riservate ed Allarmi) is the first Italian space-based communications system developed in partnership between Alenia Spazio (70%), Fiat Avio (20%) and Telespazio (10%). It provides strategic communications between Italian national authorities and forces deployed overseas. The Sicral satellite communications system consists of the satellite constellation (currently one satellite), the management and control center at Vigna di Valle (Italy), and over 100 users terminals for ground, sea and airborne platforms. The satellite can work on three frequency bands: EHF (Extremely High Frequency 20-44 GHz), UHF (Ultra High Frequency 260-300 MHz) and SHF (Super High Frequency 7-8 GHz).

The first Sicral satellite, named Sicral 1, was launched on February 7, 2001, by an Ariane 4 space launch system from Kourou space center in French Guiana. Italy expects to launch the second Sicral satellite, called Sicral 1B, in the second half of 2008 and the third one (Sicral 2) in 2011. The Sicral communications system has been employed recently by Italian forces in humanitarian and international missions with excellent results. In May 2004, NATO selected Sicral along with Syracuse and Skynet to provide space-based global communications services.

Sicral Specifications

Power Consumption: 7 kW
Service Life: 13 year (4,745 day)
Weight: 4,360 kilogram (9,612 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Sicral News

There are 5 news between
7 May 2004 and 7 May 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio Sign Contract for Sicral 2 Spacecraft
Friday, August 7, 2009Sicral 1B Satellite to Provide Communications Services in Support of Poland
Monday, December 29, 2008Agreements Signed Between Telespazio and DRS Technologies
Thursday, September 13, 2007Italy Awards Telespazio Sicral 1B Satellite Launch and Operation Contract
Friday, May 7, 2004NATO Selects France, Italy and UK Satellite Communications Solution

Operators & Related Equipment

Polish Armed Forces are a customer of Sicral 1B

Grand Total 32

Sicral Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
Sicral 1 Ariane 4 - Kourou7 Feb 2001Mar 2001-
Sicral 1B Zenit-3SL - Sea Launch platform19 Apr 2009May 2009-
Sicral 2 Ariane 5 - Kourou26 Apr 2015May 2015-

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