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GiSAT 1 [Boeing]

GiSAT 1 is a high-throughput commincations satellite owned by Cayman Islands-based Global IP to deliver streaming media, digital broadcast and other communications services to Sub-Saharan Africa.

With a coverage area encompassing 35 countries and 750 million people, GiSAT 1 will deliver higher data rates at lower costs than previous satellites serving this part of the world.

The High-Throughput Satellite (HTS)is built on Boeings BSS-702MP satellite bus. It features a new digital payload offering twice the capacity of previous digital payload designs with 150 Gbps of capacity.

Global IP selected a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) to launch GiSAT 1 in 4Q 2018, later delayed to 2019.

In late 2018, the company was the center of controversities, as Chinese investors had taken control of Global IP. Boeing announced i early December 2018 it was canceling thel satellite order, citing default for nonpayment. Global IP was behind on payments for the satellite and needed to raise over $200 million more to complete it.

Boeing has searched a new customer for the nearly completed satellite. Reportedly it has been modified as the Nusantara 5 (Nusantara Lima).

Nation: Cayman Islands
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Global IP
Contractors: Boeing Satellite Systems
Equipment: high-throughput payload
Configuration: BSS-702MP
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: ~6000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GiSAT 1 - cancelled CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)

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