Fordsat 1 [Ford Aerospace]
Ford Aerospace Satellite Services Corporation planned in the 1980ies to establish a three-satellite communications network. Each Fordsat satellite, based on Ford's Intelsat-5-derived Supersat bus (later renamed FS-1300), was to carry 54 C-band and Ku-band transponders. An unusual feature was to be crosslinks between the satellites, enabling communications to be transferred between spacecraft. Fordsat was to be used to relay television, telephone calls, data, and other services.
The satellite uses three-axis stabilisation, and its bus dimensions are 2.5 m × 2.7 m. Weight (BOL) was quoted as 1100 kg. Fordsat's solar panels were to span 20.4 m when deployed. Design life was to be 10 years.
Ford Aerospace Satellite Services Corporation had reserved Shuttle launch slots (baselined with TOS-21H upper stages) in January, February and July 1988, but the project was cancelled before.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Ford Aerospace Satellite Services Corporation|
|Equipment:||54 C- and Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||1094 kg (dry)|
|Fordsat 1||-||cancelled||CCK LC-39||Shuttle [?]|
|Fordsat 2||-||cancelled||CCK LC-39||Shuttle [?]|
|Fordsat 3||-||cancelled||CCK LC-39||Shuttle [?]|