Star One C2 was launched in April 2008 and, together with Star One C1, is part of the third generation of Embratel Star One satellites (called C series). The new satellites are designed to ensure the continuity of telephone, television, radio, data transmission and Internet services in Brazil, and take those services to Latin American countries as well.
Star One C2 satellite occupies the key 70,0°W position in the Broadcasters market in Brazil. It is considered a hot position for transmitting signals of top TV stations in Brazil and for having an audience of over 16 million antennas pointed at that direction.
The satellite was launched by an Arianespace rocket from Kourou space center in French Guiana. After being brought to its final orbital position, the satellite was controlled by the Embratel Star One team at the Guaratiba Station in Rio de Janeiro.
Star One C2 satellite is in a 36.000 km orbit above the surface of the Earth, and has practically twice as much power than Brasilsat B1 (formerly in that position), providing coverage all over Brazil and reaching all of South America, Mexico and Florida (US).
Star One C2 has C Band, Ku Band and X Band transponders (signal receivers and transmitters).
C band provides voice, TV, radio and data transmission services, including the Internet. Ku band provides direct- to- user video transmission, in addition to Internet, and telephone services to remote locations. X band is used exclusively for military applications.
The design and construction of the third generation of satellites started in 2003 with the participation of Embratel Star One technical teams formed by astronomers, engineers and system analysts.
Star One C2 was manufactured by French Thales Alenia Space based on SB 3000 – B3 platform. It weights 4,100 kg and is expected to operate for 15 years.