Nilesat 102

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Nilesat 102
Mission type Communications
Operator Nilesat
COSPAR ID 2000-046B
SATCAT № 26470
Mission duration 18 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Eurostar-2000
Manufacturer Matra Marconi
Launch mass 1,827 kilograms (4,028 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 17 August 2000, 23:16:00 (2000-08-17UTC23:16Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 44LP
Launch site Kourou ELA-2
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 7° west
Perigee 35,773 kilometres (22,228 mi)
Apogee 35,810 kilometres (22,250 mi)
Inclination 0.02 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 30 October 2013, 02:26:06 UTC[1]
Transponders
Band 12 Ku-band

Nilesat 102 is an Egyptian owned geosynchronous communications satellite that was launched by an Ariane 44LP rocket from Kourou, French Guiana on August 17, 2000 at 23:16 UTC by the European Space Agency. It was manufactured by the European company Matra Marconi Space (Astrium), and started official broadcasting on 12 September 2000 with an expected lifetime of 15 years. The spacecraft weighed 1,827 kg at launch.

Manufacture[edit]

It was manufactured by the European company Matra Marconi Space (Astrium). At launch, the spacecraft weighed 1,827 kg (fully fuelled). The receiver dish diameter is 50 cm to 75 cm. The transponder output power is 100 W and 12 Ku-band transponders with a bandwidth of 33 MHz. The maximum power consumption is 3.06 kW. The satellite utilizes a three axis stabilization system.[2] The satellite is powered by two deployable solar arrays, with the power being stored on batteries.[3]

Launch[edit]

Nilesat 102 was launched by an Ariane 44LP rocket from Kourou, French Guiana on August 17, 2000 at 23:16 UTC by the European Space Agency.[2]

Mission[edit]

Operations[edit]

Nilesat 102 is operated by the Egyptian satellite Co. Nilesat, which was established in 1996 with the purpose of operating Egyptian satellites and their associated ground control station and uplinking facilities. The two control centers are located in Cairo and Alexandria.[4]

The two satellites carried more than 150 TV channels, adding 50 more channels than when only Nilesat 101 was operational. Additional services provided include data transmission, turbo internet, and multicasting operations.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NILESAT 102 Satellite details 2000-046B NORAD 26470". N2YO. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Technica Information". Nilesat. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Nilesat 101,102". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Message from the Board - Message of the Board of Directors". Nilesat. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 0°N 7°W / 0°N 7°W / 0; -7