Galaxy 28

Galaxy 28 is a communications satellite owned by Intelsat located at 89° West longitude, serving the North America and South America market. It was built by Space Systems/Loral, as part of its SSL 1300 line. Galaxy 28 was formerly known as Telstar 8 and Intelsat Americas 8. This satellite provides services in the C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band.

Galaxy 28
NamesG-28
Intelsat Americas 8
IA-8
Telstar 8
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorIntelsat
COSPAR ID2005-022A
SATCAT no.28702
Websitehttp://www.intelsat.com
Mission duration15 years (planned)
15 years, 11 months, 24 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeGalaxy
BusSSL 1300S
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass5,493 kg (12,110 lb)
Power16 kW
Start of mission
Launch date23 June 2005, 14:03:00 UTC
RocketZenit 3SL
Launch siteSea Launch, Odyssey (launch platform), Pacific Ocean
ContractorYuzhnoye Design Office
Entered serviceAugust 2005
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Slot89° West
Transponders
Band88 transponders:
28 C-band
36 Ku-band
24 Ka-band
Coverage areaNorth America, South America
 

HistoryEdit

Telstar 8 was contracted in 1999 by Loral Skynet to Space Systems/Loral. But on 15 July 2003, Loral filed under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. In conjunction with the filing, Loral Skynet announced the sale of its North American satellite fleet to INTELSAT to help reduce its debt. Loral announced a definitive agreement to sell Telstar 8 to INTELSAT, renaming the satellite Intelsat Americas 8 (IA 8). INTELSAT changed the name of the Intelsat Americas 8 satellite to Galaxy 28 effective to 1 February 2007.[1]

Satellite descriptionEdit

Intelsat Americas 8 (also known as IA 8) is an American (Bermuda registered) geostationary satellite that was launched by a Zenit-3SL launch vehicle from Odyssey, the platform floating on the equatorial Pacific Ocean at 154° West longitude, at 14:03:00 UTC on 23 June 2005. The 5,493 kg (12,110 lb), 16 kW satellite carries 28 C-band, 36 Ku-band, and 24 Ka-band transponders to provide video and data transmissions to all countries in North and South Americas, after parking over 89° West longitude. It was the 28th satellite in the INTELSAT fleet.[2]

ClientsEdit

Current clients for Galaxy 28 include HughesNet, Hearst Corporation, Mobile Universe, ABC, and CBS.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Intelsat Americas 8 (Telstar 8, 9) → Galaxy 28". Gunter's Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Display: Intelsat Americas 8 2005-022A". 5 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Lyngsat.com list of channels carried on Galaxy 28

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