Launch of Falcon 9 flight 63 carrying Es'hail-2
|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||5,300 kilograms (11,700 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||15 November 2018, 20:46 UTC|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 Full Thrust|
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39A|
Es'hail 2 is a Qatari satellite, launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on November 15, 2018. Es'hail 2 was built by Japan's Mitsubishi Electric company, and will operate at 26° East longitude along a geostationary orbit to provide direct-to-home television services in the Middle East and North Africa region. The satellite will feature 24 Ku-band and 11 Ka-band transponders to provide direct broadcasting services for television, government and commercial content distribution. In addition to commercial services, the payload of Es'hail 2 includes a linear transponder with a bandwidth of 250 kHz and 8MHz for the amateur radio satellite service, with uplink on 2.4 GHz (S band) and downlink on 10.45 GHz (X band). 
|Transponder||U/L FREQUENCY [MHz]||D/L FREQUENCY [MHz]||LO [MHz]||BW [MHz]|
Linear Transponder for low power narrow bandwidth voice, morse and digital communication
The narrowband transponder is intended for conventional analogue and narrowband digital signals.
No transmissions should be made beyond the nominal edges of the transponder passbands. In particular, no operation should take place below the lower beacon nor above the upper beacon.
No uplinks should result in downlink signals that are stronger than these beacons. In the event that such signals are detected, they will be marked by a “LEILA” siren. When they have been marked by “LEILA”, operators should immediately reduce their uplink power (ERP).
No FM transmissions should be made to Es’hail-2 as these would use excessive power and bandwidth.
Although there is no formal bandplan, the following details are provided for initial guidance.
|Uplink [MHz]||Downlink [MHz]||available Bandwidth [kHz]||Notes|
|10489,550 – 10489,555||do not transmit||Lower Beacon, 400 Bit/s BPSK or CW|
|2400,055 – 2400,100||10489,555 – 10489,600||45||CW Only|
|2400,100 – 2400,120||10489,600 – 10489,620||20||narrowband digimodes (500 Hz max. BW)|
|2400,120 – 2400,140||10489,620 – 10489,640||20||digimodes (2700 Hz max. BW)|
|2400,140 – 2400,190||10489,640 – 10489,690||50||mixed modes (2700 Hz max. BW)|
|2400,190 – 2400,295||10489,640 – 10489,795||105||SSB only|
|10489,795 – 10489,800||do not transmit||Upper Beacon, 400 Bit/s BPSK or CW|
Linear Transponder for Digital Amateur Television (DATV) and other highspeed data transmissions. First DATV transponder in space.
Well over 130+ amateur radio operators have used the amateur radio transponder in the first few weeks of operation.