LEO Vantage 1 [SSTL]
Telesat ordered in April 2016 two prototype Ka-band HTS (High Throughput Satellite) communication satellites, yet unnamed, as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing.
Telesat will test and demonstrate two distinct spacecraft in LEO, a key step in optimizing the design and performance of Telesat’s contemplated LEO constellation. One of the satellite will be built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) of Palo Alto, California, and the other by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
The satellite was launched in January 2018 as a copassenger on a PSLV rocket.
|Type / Application:||Experimental Communication|
|Power:||Solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||494 km × 506 km, 97.56°|
|LEO Vantage 1||2018-004C||12.01.2018||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL||with Cartosat 2F, Microsat-TD, Carbonite 2, ICEYE X1, INS 1C, Arkyd 6A, CICERO 7, Landmapper-BC 3 v2, Lemur-2 68, ..., 71, Flock-3p' 1, ..., 4, MicroMAS 2a, PicSat, CANYVAL-X 1, 2, CNUSail 1, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, DemoSat 2, GeoStare, Fox 1D, STEP Cube Lab, SpaceBEE 1, ..., 4|