AsiaStar

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AsiaStar
Mission type Communication
Operator 1worldspace
COSPAR ID 2000-016A
SATCAT № 26107
Mission duration 12 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Eurostar E2000+
Manufacturer Alcatel Space
Matra Marconi Space
Launch mass 2,750 kilograms (6,060 lb)
Dry mass 1,530 kilograms (3,370 lb)
Power 5,600 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 21 March 2000 (2000-03-21)
Rocket Ariane 5G
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 105° East
Perigee 35,774 kilometres (22,229 mi)[1]
Apogee 35,809 kilometres (22,251 mi)[1]
Inclination 0.07 degrees[1]
Period 1436.06 minutes[1]
Epoch 13 December 2014, 17:52:41 UTC[1]

AsiaStar is an American communications satellite which is operated by 1worldspace. It was constructed by Alcatel Space and Matra Marconi Space based on the Eurostar E2000+ bus design. Launch occurred on 21 March 2000, at 23:28 GMT. The launch was contracted by Arianespace, and used an Ariane 5G carrier rocket flying from ELA-3 at the Guiana Space Centre. The INSAT-3B satellite was launched on the same rocket.[citation needed]

Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in geostationary orbit at 105° East, from where it provides mobile communications services to Asia. It carries three transponders, and has an expected on-orbit lifespan of 12 years.[dated info]

On 31 December 2009, Worldspace ceased broadcasting on the Asiastar satellite in line with its bankruptcy issues,[citation needed] however as of 30 November 2010 two Free to Air (unencrypted) stations are still available, namely Sai Global Harmony and Radio France International.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "ASIASTAR Satellite details 2000-016A NORAD 26107". N2YO. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.