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Optus D1

Optus D1 [OSC]

The two satellites of the Optus-D series will be based on Orbital's Star-2 platform and will carry 24 Ku-band transponders, with 8 back-up channels also available, to provide fixed communications and direct television broadcasting services to Australia and New Zealand. The first satellite, Optus D1, will generate approximately 4.0 kilowatts of electrical power and is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2005. The second satellite, Optus-D2, will generate approximately 4.7 kilowatts of power and is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2006. Financial details of the contract were not released.

Nation: Australia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Optus Networks, Pty.
Contractors: Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Equipment: 24 (+8) Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Star-2.4 Bus
Propulsion: IHI BT-4
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 2299 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Optus D1 2006-043B 13.10.2006 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with DirecTV 9S, LDREX 2

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