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Azerspace/Africasat 1a

Azerspace/Africasat 1a [OSC]

Orbital Sciences Corporation today announced in June 2010 that it has signed a contract with International Relations and Accounting Center of The Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (Ministry) of the Republic of Azerbaijan to design, build and deliver the Azerspace/Africasat-1a commercial communications satellite. The satellite will be based on Orbitalís flight-proven Star-2 platform and will generate approximately five kilowatts of payload power for 36 active transponders. The Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite carries hybrid Ku and C-band payloads to provide services to Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa. Orbital will be responsible for providing the satellite and ground system.

Following its launch and deployment, the spacecraft will be located in geosynchronous orbit (GEO) at 46 degrees East longitude through an arrangement between the Ministry and MEASAT of Malaysia, which owns the rights to the orbital slot. Upon completion of in-orbit testing, operational control of the satellite will be handed over to the Ministry, which will continue to operate the spacecraft from its control center in Baku. This latest order for one of Orbitalís GEO communications satellites is the 31st STAR-class spacecraft to be ordered by customers throughout the world.

Nation: Azerbaijan
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.
Contractors: Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Equipment: 36 active transponders (C- and Ku-band)
Configuration: Star-2 Bus
Propulsion: IHI BT-4
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 3275 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Azerspace/Africasat 1a 2013-006B 07.02.2013 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Amazonas 3

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