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Amazonas-2 and ComsatbW-1 orbited successfully
Satellites
Friday, 02 October 2009 09:24

Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Oct 02, 2009 - On Thursday evening, October 1, Arianespace boosted two payloads into geostationary transfer orbit: the Amazonas-2 civil communications satellite for the Spanish operator Hispasat, and the ComsatbW-1 military communications satellite, built by Astrium for the German Ministry of Defense.

 

More info: http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2009/646.asp

 

 

 

 
Updated all the maps
Satellite Footprints
Friday, 02 October 2009 00:06

I have updated all the maps to provide more "realistic" dish size recommendation based on EIRP level:

 

C-band

 

Ku-band

EIRP

Recommended antenna size

 

EIRP

Recommended antenna size

 

cm

in

 

 

cm

in

47

60

23.6

 

64

22

8.7

46

70

27.6

 

63

24

9.4

45

80

31.5

 

62

26

10.2

44

90

35.4

 

61

28

11.0

43

100

39.4

 

60

30

11.8

42

110

43.3

 

59

32

12.6

41

130

51.2

 

58

34

13.4

40

150

59.1

 

57

36

14.2

39

170

66.9

 

56

38

15.0

38

190

74.8

 

55

40

15.7

37

210

82.7

 

54

45

17.7

36

230

90.6

 

53

48

18.9

35

250

98.4

 

52

50

19.7

34

270

106.3

 

51

55

21.7

33

290

114.2

 

50

60

23.6

32

310

122.0

 

49

65

25.6

31

330

129.9

 

48

70

27.6

30

350

137.8

 

47

75

29.5

29

370

145.7

 

46

80

31.5

28

390

153.5

 

45

85

33.5

27

410

161.4

 

44

90

35.4

26

450

177.2

 

43

100

39.4

25

625

246.1

 

42

110

43.3

24

710

279.5

 

41

120

47.2

20

1000

393.7

 

40

130

51.2

 

 

 

 

39

135

53.1

 

 

 

 

38

150

59.1

 

 

 

 

37

180

70.9

 

 

 

 

36

240

94.5

 

 

 

 

35

300

118.1

 

 The values shown in the tables assume having an LNB with noise figure of 20°K and 0.7dB respectively

 
Uploaded several footprints
Satellite Footprints
Thursday, 24 September 2009 01:20

I have recently uploaded several new footprints: Eutelsat W48, Eutelsat W76 and new (Poland) Spot beam of Astra 1KR.

 
Nimiq 5 is successfully launched by ILS
Satellites
Friday, 18 September 2009 19:18

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, September 18, 2009 –International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing mission and launch services to the commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the Nimiq 5 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Telesat, the fourth largest fixed satellite services operator worldwide. This was the fifth commercial mission of the year for ILS and the seventh successful Proton launch of 2009. With the launch of Nimiq 5 today, ILS has launched half of Telesat’s operational fleet.

 

More info: http://www.ilslaunch.com/news-091809

 

 
Palapa D reached GEO Orbit
Satellites
Monday, 14 September 2009 12:33

Cannes, September 9, 2009 – Thales Alenia Space and Indosat announced today that the Launch Early Operation Phase (LEOP) has been successfully completed and the Palapa-D communications satellite is now in the nominal geostationary orbit (GEO). The solar panels and antennas have been deployed, and the payload in-orbit testing (IOT) phase is ready to start.

More info: http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Releases/space_090909_Palapa-D_communications_satellite_now_in_geostationary_orbit/

The launch took place at the Xi Chang Satellite Launch Center, in Sichuan Province on August 31-st, but failed to place the spacecraft in the required orbit – due to an issue with the CZ-3B’s third stage.

More info: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/08/chang-zheng-3b-suffers-third-stage-problem-palapa-d/ 

 
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