Optus D2 [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.
In March 2007 Optus D3 was ordered for launch in 2009.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Optus Networks, Pty.|
|Contractors:||Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)|
|Equipment:||24 (+8) Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||2401 kg (#D2), 2501 kg (#D3)|
|Optus D2||05.10.2007||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5GS||with Intelsat 11|
|Optus D3||21.08.2009||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||with JCSat 12|