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Fordsat 1, 2, 3

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Ford Aerospace Satellite Services Corporation
Contractors: Ford Aerospace
Equipment: 54 C- and Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Supersat (FS-1300)
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 10 years
Mass: 1094 kg (dry)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Fordsat 1 - cancelled CCK LC-39 Shuttle [?]
Fordsat 2 - cancelled CCK LC-39 Shuttle [?]
Fordsat 3 - cancelled CCK LC-39 Shuttle [?]

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