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VINASAT 2 [Lockheed Martin]

Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems signed a contract to build Vietnamís Vinasat 2 telecommunications satellite under a contract signed in May with the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT).

Vinasat 2 will be a Lockheed Martin A2100A satellite bus, as is Vietnamís first telecommunications satellite, Vinasat 1, which was launched in early 2008 and operates from 132 degrees east in geostationary orbit. Vinasat 1 is already 80 percent full and is expected to be operating at nearly full capacity in 2012.

In addition to handling the growth of the Vinasat customer base, Vinasat 2, if launched as scheduled in May 2012, will enable VNPT to retain rights to the 131.8 degrees east orbital position. Vinasat 2 will carry 24 Ku-band transponders.

Nation: Vietnam
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) of Vietnam
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 24 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: A2100A
Propulsion: IHI BT-4
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 2969 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VINASAT 2 2012-023B 15.05.2012 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with JCSat 13
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