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GStar 1, 2, 3, 4

GStar 1 [RCA]

The GStar satellites form the Ku-band component of GTE's satellite fleet.

The spacecraft were based on RCA's (later GE Astro's) AS-3000 three-axis stabilized bus. They featured a communication payload consisting of 16 active Ku-band transponders with 5 more as a reserve.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: GTE
Contractors: RCA Astro → GE Astro
Equipment: 16 (+5) Ku-band transponders
Configuration: AS-3000
Propulsion: Star-30BP (#1 -3), Star-30C (#4)
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 1270 kg (759 kg BOL)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GStar 1 1985-035A 08.05.1985 Ko ELA-1 Ariane-3 with Télécom 1B
GStar 2 1986-026A 28.03.1986 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-3 with Brasilsat A2
GStar 3 1988-081A 08.09.1988 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-3 with SBS 5
GStar 4 1990-100B 20.11.1990 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-42P H10 with Satcom C1

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