iPStar 1 [SSL]
iPStar-1 (Thaicom 4) is a high-powered geostationary satellite to be used for broadband communications applications by Shin Satellite Plc. of Thailand. iPSTAR-1 will provide direct-to-desktop, last-mile services, including new multimedia and data services to customers in Asia, India, and Australia.
Featuring 87 Ku-band transponders and 10 Ka-band transponders and weighting 6505 kg, iPStar 1 will be the heaviest commercial geostationary communications satellite. It is based on Space Sevice Loral's SSL-1300S bus.
Thaicom announced in late May 2011 a major new contract with Malaysia’s MEASAT satellite operator for capacity aboard the Thaicom 4/IPStar Ku-band consumer broadband satellite. Financial details were not disclosed for the 10-year contract, under which MEASAT will purchase access to seven IPStar spot beams delivering a total of 3.3 gigabits per second of throughput, which Thaicom said is seven percent of the satellite’s total capacity. The bandwidth will be marketed in Malaysia as MEASAT 5.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Contractors:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Equipment:||87 Ku-band transponders, 10 Ka-band transponders|
|Propulsion:||?, 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||6505 kg, 3400 kg (dry)|
|iPStar 1 (Thaicom 4, MEASAT 5)||2005-028A||11.08.2005||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5GS|