SatBeams - Satellite Details - Venesat 1 (Simon Bolivar 1)

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Satellite Name: Venesat 1 (Simon Bolivar 1)
Status: deorbited
Position: 78° W (78° W)
NORAD: 33414
Cospar number: 2008-055A
Operator: Venesat
Launch date: 29-Oct-2008
Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center
Launch vehicle: Long March CZ-3B/E
Launch mass (kg): 5049
Dry mass (kg):  
Manufacturer: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)
Model (bus): DFH-4 Bus
Orbit: GEO
Expected lifetime: 15 yrs.
Call sign:  
Beacon(s): 11700V
Details:
14 C-band transponders (radio and TV signal), 12 Ku-band (data and high speed Internet) and 2 Ka-band (future digital TV signal transponders to cover most of South American continent and part of Caribbean areas, and provide communications and broadcasting services to Venezuelan as well as the surrounding region. The satellite reportedly lost one of its solar-array drive mechanisms in February 2020, followed by the second solar-array drive the following month. An emergency attempt was made to raise the spacecraft to graveyard orbit, however, this only half worked, leaving just the apogee fully raised.
 
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