Orion 3 [Boeing BSS]
Hughes Space and Communications International, Inc., (HSCI) signed a contract Jan. 15, 1997, to provide Orion 3, a Hughes HS-601HP satellite, as well as ground station support and launch services. Loral Space and Communications Ltd. would own the spacecraft.
Orion 3 was to be delivered on-orbit via a Boeing Delta-8930 rocket. The launch on 4 May 1999 was unsuccessful due to underperformance by the rocket booster and the satellite was left in a useless orbit. Hughes was to provide hardware and software to the Loral Skynet satellite control centers in Hawley, Pa. and Three Peaks, Calif.; to the primary telemetry tracking and control station in Kapolei, Hawaii; and to the backup control station near Seoul, South Korea.
The new satellite, Orion 3, was to expand Loral's fleet and was the company's first satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. It would have provided business communications services to users in all major Asia-Pacific markets, including Korea, China, India, Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Hawaii.
With 10 kilowatts at begining of life, Orion 3 was one of the most powerful satellites Hughes built, employing such innovations as gallium arsenide solar cells and advanced battery technology. The payload consisted of 10 C-band transponders for broad distribution services, such as television programming, plus 33 Ku-band transponders with three different power levels. These were to be used primarily for private business network applications and direct-to-home video services.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Orion Network Systems|
|Equipment:||10 C-band transponders, 33 Ku-band transponders|
|Propulsion:||R-4D, 4 × XIPS-13 ion engines|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||GEO (planned); 421 km × 1317 km, 29.06° (reached)|
|Orion 3||1999-024A||05.05.1999||CC SLC-17B||f||Delta-8930|