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Optus 11

Optus 11 [Airbus]

Optus 11 is a fully reconfigurable telecomunications Ku-band communications satellite owned by Optus.

Airbus Defence and Space has won in July 2020 a contract for a fully reconfigurable telecomunications satellite. The satellite will be based on Airbus’ new standard OneSat product line. Airbus will deliver an end-to-end solution, including design and manufacture of the Optus 11 spacecraft, as well as an advanced digital suite to manage the digital payload and operate the end-to-end satellite resources, providing Optus with a turnkey system and the ability to add hosted payloads such as SBAS.

Optus 11 has the ability to adjust its coverage, capacity and frequency, through on board processing and active antennas with beam forming capability. It will deliver power and bandwidth dynamically to strengthen capacity and resilience of Optus fleet and enable Optus to configure and adapt the payload mission to end-user needs, taking advantage of the latest innovations in payload and resource management. Optus 11 will deliver a combination of broadcast and broadband VHTS missions in Ku band over Australia and New Zealand, to improve Direct to Home broadcasting over the Australasia region, increase reach in the Antarctic and Pacific zones and support growth into mobile markets, helping eliminate connectivity black spots through the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot programme.

The satellite is planned to be in orbit in 2023.

Nation: Australia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Optus
Contractors: Airbus Defence and Space
Equipment: reconfigurable Ku-band payload
Configuration: OneSat
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass:
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Optus 11 - 2023

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