A CNES specialty
After its launch by Ariane 5 into geostationary transfert orbit, positioning operations consisted in taking Syracuse 3A to its allocated geostationary orbital slot at an altitude of 36,000 km.
These operations were performed by a joint CNES-Alcatel Alenia Space team.
To this end, the satellite’s apogee motor was fired at very precise times to raise the perigee and correct the inclination.
Once in its final orbital slot, Syracuse 3A was configured to commence operations, with its apogee motor isolated and solar panels fully deployed.
Syracuse 3A is now operational and on station.
It will operate for at least 12 years and will be followed in 2006 by its twin satellite Syracuse 3B, giving France a complete new-generation military space telecommunications system.