Spacecraft n°:

USA satellite n°:

Also called AsiaBSS

Launch data:

Designation26107 / 00016A
Launch date21 Mar 2000 - 23:28:19 UT
Launch site Ko, ELA-3
Launch vehicle Ariane-5G (V-128)
MissionCommercial: Communications
Geostationary orbit on Mar 29.22, 2000:
Perigee / Apogee 35520 x 35659 km
Eccentricity 0.002
Inclination 0.03 deg
Period 1426.05 min

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  Matra Marconi Space
Platform  Eurostar 2000+
Operator WorldSpace Corp.
Mass at launch  2775 kg
Dry Mass 1530 kg
Basic shape  Box + 2 panels
Dimension (m) 1.7 x 2.6 x 3
Solar array  28m span
DC power  5600 W
Design lifetime  15 yrs


   105° E 
 Apr 2009  104.97° E 

Started operational service in early July 2000.

Mission details:

Worldspace's second digital radio satellite is Asiastar, a Matra Marconi Space Eurostar 2000+ satellite with a dry mass of 1220 kg. Asiastar joins Afristar in orbit with a mission of providing radio broadcasting to and by communities in the developing world.
Ariane 5's EPS upper stage was left in a 699 x 35445 km x 7.0 deg orbit. The EPC core stage reentered over the Galapagos Islands after completing most of one orbit.
Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean. Services to underserved emerging markets; low-cost portable receivers.

Astrophilately covers:


Launch cancel Kourou


Headquarter cancel Paris

Credit covers: J.VdDr.

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