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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 UTC on 29 October 2008.[2]

Mission typeCommunication
OperatorMinistry of Science and Technology
COSPAR ID2008-055A
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Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
Start of mission
Launch date29 October 2008, 16:53 (2008-10-29UTC16:53Z) UTC
RocketChang Zheng 3B
Launch siteXichang LA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Band12 G-band
14 J-band

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 band) 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". 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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