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MEXSAT 1, 2 (Centenario, Morelos 3)

MEXSAT 1 [Boeing BSS]

Boeing announced in December 2010 that it has received a contract for approximately $1 billion from the government of Mexico to deliver an end-to-end satellite communications system. The system, known as MEXSAT, will consist of three satellites, two ground sites, associated network operations systems and reference user terminals. MEXSAT will provide secure communications for Mexico’s national security needs, as well as enhanced coverage for the country’s civil telecommunications.

Under the contract, Boeing will deliver a complete turnkey satellite system comprised of Boeing 702HP geomobile satellites MEXSAT-1 and MEXSAT-2 and one extended C- and Ku-band satellite, MEXSAT-3, which will provide fixed satellite services from geosynchronous orbit. MEXSAT-3 is scheduled to launch first, at the end of 2012.

Each Boeing 702HP satellite will supply 14 kilowatts of power through five-panel solar array wings that use high-efficiency, ultra triple-junction gallium arsenide solar cells. Both satellites will carry a 22-meter L-band reflector for mobile satellite services, complemented by a 2-meter Ku-band antenna.

Boeing also will develop two ground sites in Mexico with advanced beam-forming flexibility to direct mobile user spot beams to government agencies operating in Mexico and its patrimonial seas, including the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

MEXSAT 1 was lost in a failure of the third stage of the Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.3) launch vehicle.

Nation: Mexico
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Secretaria de Communicaciones y Transportes (SCT) of México
Contractors: Boeing Satellite Systems
Equipment: L-band, Ku-band transponders
Configuration: BSS-702HP-GEM (Geomobile)
Propulsion: R-4D
Power: 2 deployable 5-panel solar arrays, GaAS (14 kW BOL), batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 5325 kg (#1); 3200 kg (BOL)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MEXSAT 1 (Centenario) 2015-F01 16.05.2015 Ba LC-200/39 F Proton-M Briz-M (Ph.3)
MEXSAT 2 (Morelos 3) 2015-056A 02.10.2015 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(421)¹


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