Syracuse 3B was successfully launched into Geostationary orbit on the 13th August 2006. It was seen testing at 5 degrees West about 6 weeks later. The satellite replaces Telecom 2C which was moved to 3.1 degrees East.


The Syracuse series of satellites have 9 X 40MHz wide transponders in the X-band, and 6 X 40MHz transponders operating at EHF. Syracuse and France should supply 45% of the space segment requirements for NATO, with the UK Skynet programme supplying 45% and the Italian Sicral supplying 10% of X-band capability. Sicral supplies 100% of the UHF capability, but Skynet UHF transponders are operating in reserve. There are some brief notes on Syracuse . Syracuse 3A resides at 47 degrees East.