Intelsat 14

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Intelsat 14
Mission type Communications
Operator Intelsat
COSPAR ID 2009-064A
SATCAT № 36097
Mission duration 16 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 5,663 kilograms (12,485 lb)
Dry mass 2,517 kilograms (5,549 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 23 November 2009, 06:55:00 (2009-11-23UTC06:55Z) UTC
Rocket Atlas V 431
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-41
Contractor United Launch Alliance
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 45° west
Transponders
Band 40 C-band
22 Ku-band
Bandwidth 72 MHz (8 C-band)
36 MHz (others)
Coverage area Americas, Europe, Africa

Intelsat 14 is a communications satellite owned by Intelsat located at 45° West longitude, serving the Americas, Europe, and African markets. Intelsat 14 replaced Intelsat 1R which was at the end of its design life. It was built by Space Systems Loral, as part of its LS-1300 line.

Communications payload[edit]

Intelsat 14 has a C-band and Ku band payload, each of which is further divided to provide service to 2 each coverage areas.[1]

The C-band payload has an Americas beam which covers the southern part of the United States, all of Mexico, Central America, and all of South America. A second C-band beam provides coverage for Western Europe and Africa.

The Ku band payload also has an Americas beam which covers the Alabama, Georgia and Florida, all of the Caribbean, Central America and all of South America except Brazil. The Ku band US/Europe/Africa beam covers the southern eastern United States, Western Europe, and the northern western African countries.

Intelsat 14 also carries an experimental IP router payload that can be connected to several of the C and Ku band channels. This experimental payload is known as IRIS (Internet Routing in Space) demonstration.[2]

Payload C band Ku Band
Transponders 40 22
Bandwidth 32 at 36 MHz
8 at 72 MHz
22 at 36 MHz
Amplifier type TWTA TWTA
Amplifier output 50 watts 120 watts
Amplifier Redundancy 2 groups of 16 for 12
2 groups of 10 for 8
2 groups of 14 for 11
Receiver redundancy 4 for 2 4 for 2
Coverage Americas, Europe, Africa Americas, Europe, Africa
Beacon frequency
Horizontal polarisation
3704.0 MHz 11694.0 MHz
Beacon frequency
Vertical polarisation
3705.0 MHz 11695.0 MHz

Launch[edit]

Intelsat 14 was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 November 23, 2009 on an Atlas V rocket flying in the 431 configuration. The satellite was released into a geosynchronous transfer orbit 1 hour and 58 minutes after lift-off.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.intelsat.com/flash/coverage-maps/index.html
  2. ^ "Net reaches out to final frontier". BBC News. April 13, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Justin Ray. "Atlas Mission Status Center". Spaceflight Now. 
  4. ^ Graham, William. "Intelsat 14 launches on Atlas V AV-024 at second attempt". Retrieved November 22, 2009.