AsiaSat 6

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AsiaSat 6
Mission type Communications
Operator AsiaSat
COSPAR ID 2014-052A
SATCAT № 40141
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300LL
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 4428 kg[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 7 September 2014, 05:00 (2014-09-07UTC05Z) UTC
Rocket Falcon 9 v1.1
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-40
Contractor SpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 120° East
Epoch Planned
Transponders
Band 28 C band
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage area Asia
Australia
New Zealand
TWTA power 100 watts

AsiaSat 6 is a Chinese geostationary communications satellite which is operated by the Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company was launched into orbit on 7 September 2014.

As of July 2014, 14 of the satellite's 28 transponders are being leased to Thaicom, who will market them as Thaicom 7.[2]

AsiaSat 6 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300LL satellite bus.[3][4] The satellite carries 28 C band transponders and will be positioned at a longitude of 120 degrees East,[5] providing coverage of southern Asia, Australia and New Zealand.[6]

Launch vehicle[edit]

SpaceX was contracted to launch AsiaSat 6 using a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle. The launch took place from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 7 September 2014.[2]

The Falcon 9 upper stage used to launch AsiaSat 6 is derelict in a decaying elliptical low-Earth orbit that initially, on 9 September 2014, had an initial perigee of 165 km (103 mi) and an initial apogee of 35,723 km (22,197 mi).[7] One month on, the orbit had decayed to an altitude of 153 km (95 mi) at its closest approach to Earth, [8] and by November had decayed to a 125 km (78 mi) perigee.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41780spacex-launches-asiasat-6-a-month-after-lofting-asiasat-8
  2. ^ a b Wall, Mike (2014-09-07). "Dazzling SpaceX Nighttime Launch Sends AsiaSat 6 Satellite Into Orbit". SPACE.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  3. ^ "AsiaSat 6". Space Systems/Loral. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "AsiaSat 6 / Thaicom 7". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "AsiaSat 6". Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Asiasat 6 (Thaicom 7)". SatBeams.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-052B NORAD 40142". N2YO. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  8. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-052B NORAD 40142". N2YO. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  9. ^ "FALCON 9 R/B details 2014-052B NORAD 40142". N2YO. Retrieved 22 November 2014.