Telstar 12

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Telstar 12
Names Orion 2 (1999)
Telstar 12 (2000—)
Mission type Communications
Operator Loral Skynet[1] (1999-07)
Telesat (2007—)
COSPAR ID 1999-059A
SATCAT № 25949
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300E
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 3,814 kilograms (8,408 lb)
Power 10.6 kilowatts
Start of mission
Launch date 19 October 1999, 06:22 (1999-10-19UTC06:22Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 44LP H10-3
Launch site Kourou ELA-2
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 15° west
Perigee 35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)
Apogee 35,805 kilometres (22,248 mi)
Inclination 0.01 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 29 October 2013, 07:55:57 UTC[2]
Transponders
Band 38 Ku-band
Frequency Uplink: 13.75-14.5 gigahertz
Downlink: 10.95-12.75 gigahertz
Bandwidth 54 megahertz
Coverage area North America
Caribbean
South America
Europe
Middle East
South Africa[3][4]

Telstar 12, previously known as Orion 2, is a Canadian communications satellite which is operated by Telesat. It was originally built for Orion Network Systems, which merged with Loral Skynet shortly before the satellite was launched. It was subsequently transferred to Telesat when it merged with Loral Skynet in 2007.

Telstar 12 is a Ku band satellite with coverage of North America as far West as Cleveland, Ohio, the majority of South America and Europe. Telstar 12 also has the capability to provide intercontinental connectivity including trans-Atlantic to the Mid-East.[3] Eutelsat uses four transponders on the satellite for services between Europe and the Americas.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Telstar Fleet". Loral Skynet. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "TELSTAR 12 (ORION 2) Satellite details 1999-059A NORAD 25949". N2YO. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Telstar 12 15° W". Loral Skynet. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Telstar 12 Downlink Coverage". Eutelsat. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ www.eutelsat.org "TELSTAR 12 :: 15° West"

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