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Class: Communications. Nation: Arab States. Agency: Arabsat. Manufacturer: Aerospatiale.
Specification

Total Mass: 2,760 kg.


Spacebus 3000 Chronology


09 July 1996 Arabsat 2A Program: Arabsat. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L. Perigee: 35,779 km. Apogee: 35,794 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

22 Ku band and 12 C band transponders.


13 November 1996 Arabsat 2B Program: Arabsat. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L. Perigee: 35,785 km. Apogee: 35,788 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

Geostationary at 21.9E.


16 April 1997 Thaicom 3 Program: Thaicom. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44LP . Perigee: 35,762 km. Apogee: 35,810 km. Inclination: 0.1 deg.

Geosynchronous. Stationed over 78.5E


11 November 1997 Sirius 2 Program: Sirius. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L. Perigee: 35,781 km. Apogee: 35,791 km. Inclination: 0.1 deg.

Geosynchronous. Stationed over 4.8E


18 July 1998 Sinosat Program: Sinosat. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Vehicle: CZ-3B. Mass: 2,820 kg. Perigee: 35,779 km. Apogee: 35,795 km. Inclination: 0.1 deg.

The CZ-3B's liquid hydrogen upper stage and the Sinosat were placed in a 609 x 35958 km x 19.0 deg geostationary transfer orbit at 09:45 GMT. The first two liquid apogee burns were carried out on July 19 and 21. Sinosat, Alcatel Spacebus 3000, was built in Cannes and owned temporarily by EurasSpace, a joint venture between Daimler-Benz Aerospace and the China Aerospace Corporation. After on-orbit testing it was delivered to the Sino Satellite Communications Company of Shanghai for communications services in China. Geostationary at 110.5 degrees E.


05 October 1998 Eutelsat W2 Program: Eutelsat. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L. Perigee: 35,779 km. Apogee: 35,791 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

Geostationary at 16.0 degrees E.


26 February 1999 Arabsat 3A Program: Arabsat. Launch Site: Kourou . Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44L. Mass: 2,708 kg. Perigee: 35,755 km. Apogee: 35,814 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

The Arab League satellite had 20 Ku-band transponders and was to be stationed at 26 degrees East. Dry mass was 1200 kg.


12 April 1999 Eutelsat W3 Program: Eutelsat. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Atlas IIAS. Perigee: 35,774 km. Apogee: 35,797 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

Communications satellite is for the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization. The vehicle entered a 153 km x 385 km x 27.4 deg parking orbit nine minutes after launch. The second Centaur stage burn delivered the satellite to a 166 km x 46,076 km x 19.7 deg super-synchronous transfer orbit. The satellite was stationed at 7 deg E and carried 24 Ku-band transponders with a wide beam covering Europe, North Africa and Asia, and a spot beam for digital TV to Turkey.


03 February 2000 Hispasat 1C Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Atlas IIAS. Perigee: 35,774 km. Apogee: 35,800 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

Spanish domestic geosynchronous communications satellite. Stationed at 30 deg W.


24 May 2000 Eutelsat W4 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Atlas IIIA. Perigee: 35,775 km. Apogee: 35,797 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.

European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Eutelsat) satellite equipped with 32 Ku-band transponders, and antennae covering Russia and Africa. It will be stationed at 36 deg E. This was the third of the high power Eutelsat W series to be launched (W1 was destroyed in a ground accident). Stationed at 36 deg E.



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