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NexStar 1, 2

NexStar 1 [Dauria]

NexStar 1 and 2 are two planned small geostationary communications satellites built by Dauria Aerospace for the India-based satellite communication services provider Aniara SpaceCom LLC.

Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information and telecommunication services, announced in June 2014, that it was contracted by India-based satellite communication services provider Aniara to design and build two new generation small Ku-band geostationary satellites. The two satellites will be launched on an integrated dual stacked configuration and delivered in-orbit. The satellites will each weigh less than one ton and carry up to 16 Ku-band transponders. Spacecraft are expected to be in operation by late 2017. They will feature all electric propulsion for orbit raising and station keeping. The satellite pair is baselined for a joint launch on an Indian GSLV Mk.2 rocket.

The state-of-the-art geostationary satellites are specifically being developed to serve small and midsized markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), which are currently not being addressed or are otherwise underserved by larger and more expensive satellite networks.

Nation: India
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Aniara SpaceCom LLC
Contractors: Dauria Aerospace
Equipment: 16 Ku-band transponder
Configuration: ATOM-Bus
Propulsion: electric propulsion
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 10-15 years
Mass: <1000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NexStar 1 - 2017 Sr GSLV Mk.2 (baselined) with NexStar 2
NexStar 2 - 2017 Sr GSLV Mk.2 (baselined) with NexStar 1