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Ovzon 3

Ovzon 3 [Maxar]

Ovzon 3 is a planned small communications satellite of the Swedish / US company Ovzon .

The satellite was ordered in December 2018 from SSL, now Maxar Technologies, dedicated to meeting the demand for increased mobile broadband connectivity in underserved regions. Ovzon selected the new mid-size SSL-500 (Legion class) platform for its first satellite. The satellite will be equipped with a third party built central on-board processor (OBP) attached to high-performance steerable Ku-band beams.

Ovzon 3 was originally to be launched directly to geostationary orbit by a Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) in 2021, likely in a shared launch. In August 2019, the launch contract was changed to an Ariane-5ECA+, to deliver the payload into a getstationary transfer orbit in early 2023. In September 2022 it was reported, that the satellite will not be on the Ariane-5 launch. It was then moved to a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) to be launched in 3Q 2023.

Nation: Sweden
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Ovzon
Contractors: Maxar Technologies (formerly Space Systems/Loral (SS/L))
Equipment: Ku-band HTP payload
Configuration: SSL-500 (Legion class)
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable ROSA type solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 20 years
Mass: ~1500 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ovzon 3 2024-003A 03.01.2024 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)

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