SpainSat 1 (XTAR LANT)

Spain

Spacecraft n:

Spanish spacecraft n: 10


Launch data:

Designation 28945 / 06007A
Launch date 11 Mar 2006 - 22:33 UT
Launch site Ko, ELA-3
Launch vehicle  Ariane-5ECA
Mission Comsat
Geostationary orbit:
Perigee / Apogee 35764 x 35810 km
Inclination 0.1°
Period 1436.1 min


Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Operator Hisdesat
Platform  Loral LS-1300
Mass at launch  3683 kg
Dry Mass 1467 kg
Basic shape  
Dimension (m) 
Solar array  solar panel span of 31.4m
Propulsion Aerojet-Redmond R-4D engine
Equipment 12 X-band & 1 Ka-band transponder
Design lifetime  15 years

Description:

SpainSat will operate thirteen specially configured high-power transponders, twelve at X-band and one at Ka-band, from its 30 degrees West longitude orbital position, providing coverage of Spain, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Hisdesat will lease five of SpainSat's X-band transponders to the Spanish Ministry of Defense, with the remaining eight transponders to be leased by XTAR for defense customers in the U.S. and other allied governments. The XTAR operated transponders are reffered to as XTAR-LANT

Will provide secure X and Ku band communications for the Spanish defense ministry. Spainsat was still in transfer orbit as of Mar 13, 2006.


Ref.: #7(JR562), #14, #238 - update: 19.08.06