Telstar 14R

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Telstar 14R
Mission type Communications
Operator Telesat
COSPAR ID 2011-021A
SATCAT № 37602
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 4,970 kilograms (10,960 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 20 May 2011, 19:15:19 (2011-05-20UTC19:15:19Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor International Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 63° west
Perigee 35,785 kilometres (22,236 mi)
Apogee 35,799 kilometres (22,244 mi)
Inclination 0.01 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 28 October 2013, 09:04:05 UTC[2]

Telstar 14R, also known as Estrela do Sul 2 (Southern Star 2) is a commercial communications satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for Telesat to provide Ku-band communications to South America and the Southern USA. It is a replacement for Telstar 14, whose north solar array failed to open after launch, limiting its mission effectiveness. Unfortunately Telstar 14R experienced the same problem, with its north solar array failing to open too, but is now in service despite that failure.[3]

It was launched 20 May 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard an International Launch Services Proton-M rocket.

Telstar 14R is built around the Loral 1300 satellite bus, and has a launch mass of around 5000 kg. It is positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 63 degrees west.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "TELSTAR 14R Satellite details 2011-021A NORAD 37602". N2YO. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (25 May 2011). "Balky Satellite Solar Panel Threatens Telesat’s Growth Plans in S. America". Space News. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 

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