Venesat-1

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Venesat-1
Mission type Communication
Operator Ministry of Science and Technology
COSPAR ID 2008-055A
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus DFH-4
Manufacturer CASC
Start of mission
Launch date 29 October 2008, 16:53 (2008-10-29UTC16:53Z) UTC
Rocket Chang Zheng 3B
Launch site Xichang LA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Transponders
Band 12 G-band
14 J-band

Venesat-1, also known as Simón Bolívar, is the first Venezuelan satellite. It was designed, built, launched, controlled and monitored by the CGWIC subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.[1] It is a communications satellite, which will be operated from a geosynchronous orbit. It was launched on a Chinese Long March 3B carrier rocket, from LA-2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, at 16:53 GMT on 29 October 2008.[2]

Venesat-1 will be operated by Venezuela's Ministry of Science and Technology.[1] It carries 12 G-band (IEEE's C band) and 14 J-band (IEEE Ku) transponders. It has a mass of 5,100 kilograms (11,200 lb), and an expected service life of 15 years. It is based on the DFH-4 satellite bus.[1] The satellite occupies an orbital slot, 78-West, designated for Uruguay and ceded to Venezuela by mutual accord.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter. "VENESAT 1 (Simon Bolivar 1)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  2. ^ Barbosa, Rui C. (2008-10-29). "China launch VENESAT-1 - debut bird for Venezuela". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Un éxito la puesta en órbita del satélite". Panorama. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-07-30. [dead link]

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