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AsiaStar is an American communications satellite which is operated by 1worldspace. It was constructed by Alcatel Space and Matra Marconi Space based on the Eurostar E2000+ bus design. Launch occurred on 21 March 2000, at 23:28 GMT. The launch was contracted by Arianespace, and used an Ariane 5G carrier rocket flying from ELA-3 at the Guiana Space Centre. The INSAT-3B satellite was launched on the same rocket.[citation needed]

AsiaStar
Mission typeCommunication
Operator1worldspace
COSPAR ID2000-016A
SATCAT no.26107
Mission duration12 years
Spacecraft properties
BusEurostar E2000+
ManufacturerAlcatel Space
Matra Marconi Space
Launch mass2,750 kilograms (6,060 lb)
Dry mass1,530 kilograms (3,370 lb)
Power5,600 watts
Start of mission
Launch date21 March 2000 (2000-03-21)
RocketAriane 5G
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
ContractorArianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude105° East
Perigee35,776 kilometres (22,230 mi)[1]
Apogee35,811 kilometres (22,252 mi)[1]
Inclination0.06 degrees[1]
Period1436.16 minutes[1]
Epoch23 January 2015, 21:10:09 UTC[1]
 

Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in geostationary orbit at 105° East, from where it provides mobile communications services to Asia. It carries three transponders, and has an expected on-orbit lifespan of 12 years.[needs update]

On 31 December 2009, Worldspace ceased broadcasting on the Asiastar satellite in line with its bankruptcy issues,[citation needed] however as of 30 November 2010 two Free to Air (unencrypted) stations are still available, namely Sai Global Harmony and Radio France International.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "ASIASTAR Satellite details 2000-016A NORAD 26107". N2YO. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.