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VINASAT 1 [Lockheed Martin]

Lockheed Martin has been awarded in May 2006 a contract by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) of Vietnam to provide a turnkey telecommunications satellite system with operations slated to begin in the second quarter of 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Designated VINASAT-1, the satellite system will be based on Lockheed Martin's award-winning A2100A spacecraft platform and represents the first satellite system ever procured by the nation of Vietnam. VINASAT-1, a C-/Ku-band hybrid satellite designed for a minimum service life of 15 years, will be located at orbital slot 132 degrees east.

Under the terms of the delivery-in-orbit contract signed 12 May 2006 in Hanoi, Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) will manage the project in its entirety, from satellite design and manufacturing to launch procurement arrangements, followed by final extensive in-orbit testing before customer acceptance.

The satellite system is expected to improve telecommunications in Vietnam by transmitting radio, television and telephone communications to all corners of the country. VINASAT-1 also will improve the nation's communication networks infrastructure by removing dependence on ground networks and allowing 100% of Vietnam's rural communities and hamlets to be equipped with telephones and televisions.

Nation: Vietnam
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) of Vietnam
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 8 C- and 12 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: A2100A
Propulsion: LEROS-1c
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 2637 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VINASAT 1 2008-018A 18.04.2008 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Star One C2
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