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Thaicom 6 (AfriCom 1)

Thaicom 6 [OSC]

Thaicom announced on May 31 it selected satellite builder Orbital Sciences and launch-services provider Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for the construction and launch of a Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite following approval of the $160 million project by Thaicom’s board of directors.

Thaicom 6, a 3,000 kilograms class satellite, will be operated from 78.5° east colocated with Thaicom 5 and will carry 18 active C-band and 8 active Ku-band transponders.

The launch is scheduled for mid-2013 on a Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) rocket.

Thaicom 6's African capacity, 6 C-band transponders each with 72 MHz bandwidth, is being marketized under the AfriCom 1 designation.

Nation: Thailand
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Thaicom
Contractors: Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Equipment: 24 C-band, 9 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: GeoStar-2.3 Bus
Propulsion: IHI BT-4
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 3016 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Thaicom 6 (AfriCom 1) 2014-002A 06.01.2014 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)


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