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Telstar 18V (Telstar 18 Vantage) / APStar 5C

Telstar 18V (Telstar 18 Vantage) [SSL]

Telstar 18 VANTAGE or Telstar 18V is a communications satellite with two high throughput payloads, one in Ku-band and the other in C-band.

Telesat signed a contract with SSL in December 2015 for the construction of the satellite. It will be based on the SSL-1300 bus with an electrical output of approximately 14 kW.

The new satellite called Telstar 18 VANTAGE will operate from 138į East and significantly expand Telesatís capacity over the Asia Pacific region through a combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot-beams. Telesat also announced it has entered into an agreement with APT Satellite Company Limited (APSTAR) under which APSTAR will make use of capacity on Telstar-18-VANTAGE to serve its growing base of customers. This agreement extends the long term relationship between APSTAR and Telesat that has existed for more than a decade.

Equipped with C and Ku-band transponders, Telstar 18 VANTAGE will offer superior performance for broadcasters, telecom service providers and enterprise networks on the ground, in the air and at sea. Its broad C-band coverage will extend across the Asia region to Hawaii enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas. Its Ku-band capacity will expand on Telesatís coverage of growing satellite service markets in China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean.

Launch is planned for 2018 on a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Telesat
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: C-band and Ku-band high-throughput transponders
Configuration: SSL-1300
Propulsion: ?, 4 × SPT-100 plasma thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass:
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Telstar 18 Vantage (Telstar 18V) / APStar 5C - 2018 CC Falcon-9 v1.2
Further APStar missions:
Further Telstar missions: