Artist impression of Optus D1
, built on the Orbital STAR Bus platform
STAR Bus is a satellite platform manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation with an apogee kick motor to place a communications satellite into geostationary orbit, a thruster to provide the satellite with orbital station-keeping for a 15 year mission, and solar arrays to provide the satellite payload with 5 kW of electrical power.
The first satellite based on the STAR Bus platform was IndoStar-1, which was launched in November 1997.
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