Eutelsat 117 West A

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Eutelsat 117 West A
Names Satmex 8 (2013-2014)
Eutelsat 117 West A (2014-)
Mission type Communication
Operator Satmex (2013-2014)
Eutelsat (2014-)
COSPAR ID 2013-012A
SATCAT № 39122
Mission duration 15 years[1]
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300[1]
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 5,500 kilograms (12,100 lb)[2]
Start of mission
Launch date 26 March 2013, 19:06:48 (2013-03-26UTC19:06:48Z) UTC[3]
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39[2]
Contractor ILS
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 116.78° West
Perigee 35,785 kilometres (22,236 mi)
Apogee 35,800 kilometres (22,200 mi)
Inclination 0.02 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 27 May 2014, 10:01:52 UTC[4]
Transponders
Band 24 C-band
40 Ku-band

Eutelsat 117 West A, formerly Satmex 8, is a geostationary communications satellite operated by Eutelsat. Previously operated by Satmex, it was launched by a Proton-M/Briz-M rocket in March 2013 to replace Satmex 5, and is being used to provide communication services to North, Central and South America,[5] with broadband, voice and data transmission, and video broadcasting services.[1][6] The satellite was transferred from Satmex to Eutelsat when the companies merged in 2014, being renamed as part of the Eutelsat fleet in May 2014.[7]

Specifications[edit]

The satellite is model SSL 1300E and carries twenty four C band transponders operating with 36 MHz and forty transponders in the Ku band operating with 36 MHz.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Satmex 8". Gunter's Space Page. March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Press release - Satmex 8
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "SATMEX 8 Satellite details 2013-012A NORAD 39122". N2YO. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Satmex 8". SSL. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  6. ^ Stephen Clark (27 March 2013). "Proton successful in return-to-flight launch of Satmex 8". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "SATMEX 8 → Eutelsat 117 West A". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 27 May 2014.