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Re: LIVE: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS16 - HISPASAT-AG1 January 27, 2017
« Reply #160 on: 01/28/2017 06:59 AM »
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM:

2017-006A/41942 in 239 x 35639 km x 5.54°
2017-006B/41943 in 239 x 35593 km x 5.42°

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Some high-res launch pics
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Press Release
 N°04-2017

 Paris, 28 January 2017

 SmallGEO's first flight reaches orbit

 ESA's new small telecom platform was launched on its first mission in the early hours of this morning.

 The Hispasat 36W-1 satellite, based on the SmallGEO platform, lifted off on a Soyuz rocket at 01:03 GMT this morning from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

 SmallGEO is Europe's response to the market demand for more flexible, modular telecommunications platforms. It marks the first time the German satellite manufacturing company OHB System AG have been the prime contractor for a telecommunications satellite mission. Its Hispasat payload marks the first ESA partnership with a Spanish operator.

 The three-tonne satellite was released by Soyuz into its transfer orbit 29 minutes after liftoff this morning. It will now use its own thrusters to make its way to its final destination over the course of the next few weeks.

 It is heading towards 'geostationary' orbit at an altitude of 36 000 km over the equator, where it will take a day to circle Earth and therefore appear to hang over the same point, in this case at 36°W over the Atlantic Ocean.
 OHB will test the satellite's health and performance, making sure the sensitive technology made it unscathed through the violence of the launch.

 After all is deemed well, they will hand the control over to Hispasat and the satellite will begin providing broadband services to Europe, South America and the Canary Islands.

 "The launch of this first SmallGEO platform marks another major success for ESA's programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems, known as ARTES, which aims to boost the competitiveness of its Member State industry through innovation," noted Magali Vaissiere, ESA's Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.

 "SmallGEO is part of our continuous efforts to strengthen the position of European and Canadian industry in the commercial telecommunications market, expanding the current range of available products.
 "The next satellite based on SmallGEO will be EDRS-C, as the second node to the European Data Relay System."

 Carlos Espinós Gómez, CEO of Hispasat, said: "For Hispasat, this new satellite represents an important step forward in its innovation strategy.

 "Hispasat 36W-1 is not only the first mission of the new SmallGEO platform, but also incorporates an advanced regenerative payload that will provide the satellite with greater flexibility and signal quality thanks to its reconfigurable antenna and onboard processor, thus improving the telecommunications services it will provide to our clients.

 "We are very satisfied with our collaboration with ESA, which has allowed us to participate in a leading technological project to which they have added significant value with their knowledge and experience in the space sector."
 Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB System AG, commented: "The launch is a major milestone in the history of OHB. Hispasat 36W-1 proves that OHB's concept of a modular and flexible SmallGEO platform fits into the market.
 "SmallGEO is destined to build a cornerstone for Europe's future activities in the segment of geostationary satellites in the three-tonne class.

 "For OHB, Hispasat 36W-1 is the first project of a wide scope of future missions based on the SmallGEO platform, including a revolution in satellite technology: the full electric propulsion mission Electra."

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Flight VS16: For Soyuz’ first GTO launch from the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace successfully orbits Hispasat 36W-1


Arianespace has orbited the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite for operator Hispasat. The launch took place on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10:03 p.m. (local time) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

 This was the first launch of the year for Arianespace, and also the first Soyuz launch into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) from CSG.

 Hispasat 36W-1 is the first satellite built using Europe’s new SmallGEO geostationary platform, developed by OHB System AG of Germany within the scope of the European Space Agency’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) program.

 With this latest mission, Arianespace continues to deploy its complete family of launchers to support Europe’s innovative space solutions.
   

First Soyuz geostationary satellite launch from CSG is a success


 Capable of launching small geostationary satellites, Soyuz complements the payload capacity of Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center. The ability to launch lighter satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), identified right from the start of the program, is now a reality with the launch of Hispasat 36W-1.

 Arianespace has another Soyuz GTO launch scheduled in 2017, for the operator SES.

 Through these missions, Arianespace clearly confirms the availability and versatility of its launcher family for the benefit of all customers.
   

A launch for the Spanish satellite communications operator Hispasat


 Hispasat 36W-1 is the seventh satellite orbited by Arianespace since 1992 for Hispasat, the Spanish satellite communications operator and leading distributor of Spanish and Portuguese content.

 Building on more than 25 years of experience, Hispasat has a strong presence in Iberia and Latin America, where it is the fourth leading satellite operator. Hispasat deploys a fleet of satellites to distribute more than 1,250 television and radio channels, and also plays a key role in the Spanish space industry.

 Once in its orbital position, Hispasat 36W-1 will provide a wide range of communications services for continental Europe, the Canary Islands and South America.

Hispasat satellites previously orbited by Arianespace:
•1992: Hispasat 1A
•1993: Hispasat 1B
•2009: Amazonas 2
•2010: Hispasat 1E
•2013: Amazonas 3
•2014: Amazonas 4A
 
Supporting ESA-driven European innovation in space

Hispasat 36W-1 is the first telecommunications satellite built using Europe’s new SmallGEO geostationary platform. Developed by OHB System AG (Germany) under ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) program, the SmallGEO platform offers satellite operators an all-European solution in the small telecom satellite market.

 By design, it speeds up the production and testing processes, reducing costs and broadening the range of design options.

 The satellite features the innovative RedSAT regenerative payload, plus an antenna equipped with a processor, to offer a superior quality signal, as well as fast beam reconfiguration in orbit for optimized utilization.

Arianespace and OHB System AG

 Including Hispasat 36W-1, Arianespace has now launched 15 satellites built by OHB System AG, and has 11 more from this company in its order book:
•3 SmallGEO-based satellites: EDRS-C – MTG-I1 et MTG-S1,
•8 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites
Shortly after the announcement of the satellite’s orbital injection, Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, said: “With this successful first launch of the year, Arianespace is proud of being able to give Hispasat the benefits of our family of launchers, characterized by excellence and versatility. We are very honored by this mark of confidence from Hispasat, for whom we have already orbited seven satellites since 1992. Congratulations to OHB System AG, which built the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite, as well as the European Space Agency, a key partner in the development of the innovative SmallGEO platform. I would also like to thank the Russian space agency Roscosmos for their commitment to our partnership on the Soyuz launcher, which today carried out a first launch into geostationary transfer orbit from CSG. In addition, I would like to thank CNES/CSG, our ground segment companies and all staff at the space center, who continue to work alongside us for new successes. Lastly, congratulations to everybody at Arianespace for this first launch of the year, a success.”

Hispasat 36W-1 •The Hispasat 36W-1 satellite was built by OHB System AG in Bremen, Germany, using Europe’s new Small GEO platform.
•Its payload is composed of 20 Ku-band transponders and additional capacity provided by three Ka-band beams.
•Once positioned at 36° West, Hispasat 36W-1 will cover Europe, the Canary Islands, and South America.
•The satellite weighed 3,210 kg. at launch and offers a design life of 15 years.
 
 

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January 27, 2017 

Soyuz delivers! Arianespace’s first 2017 mission opens a fast-paced year of launch activity

Arianespace began its busy 2017 launch schedule with a Soyuz mission tonight that marked multiple “firsts” in orbiting the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite on a flight from the Spaceport.

Departing at the exact planned liftoff moment of 10:03:34 p.m. (local time in French Guiana), Soyuz flew a 32-minute profile to release its satellite passenger into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) – the first mission that Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz has performed for a GTO deployment while operating from the Spaceport.

Today’s success was Soyuz’ 16th launch from French Guiana since it began service at the Spaceport in 2011, and was designated Flight VS16 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system. The workhorse Soyuz vehicle previously delivered payloads on Spaceport missions to circular Earth orbits, low-Earth orbits, Sun-synchronous orbits, and an elliptical orbit for an Earth escape trajectory.

“This flight once again demonstrates the availability and flexibility of Arianespace’s launch vehicle family at the service of our customers,” said Stéphane Israël, the company’s Chairman and CEO in comments from the Spaceport.

Europe’s “SmallGEO” makes its debut

Another first on tonight’s mission involved the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite itself, which is the initial spacecraft built using Europe’s new “SmallGEO” platform.

Developed by Germany’s OHB System AG under ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) program, the SmallGEO product line offers an entirely European solution in the smaller telecommunications satellite market. It benefits from faster production and testing processes, reduced costs and a broader range of design options.

Once at its orbital position at 36 deg. West, Hispasat 36W-1 will enable Spanish satellite communications operator Hispasat – a leader in the distribution of content in Spanish and Portuguese – to provide a wide range of telecommunications services in Europe, the Canary Islands and South America.

Equipped with 20 Ku-band transponders and the additional capacity of three transponders in Ka band, Hispasat 36W-1 features the innovative RedSAT regenerative payload, along with an antenna equipped with a processor that allows onboard beam reconfiguration.

Hispasat 36W-1 had a liftoff mass of 3,210 kg., with Soyuz delivering an overall payload lift performance of 3,319 kg. on tonight’s Flight VS16 mission.

A milestone mission for Hispasat and OHB System

With Flight VS16, Hispasat 36W-1 was the seventh satellite launched by Arianespace for Hispasat since 1992. “In doing so, more than 60 percent of Hispasat satellites currently in operation have been orbited by Arianespace,” said Stéphane Israël. “I am sure that we will have future opportunities to deliver for Hispasat!”

Carlos Espinós, Hispasat’s Chief Executive Officer, described the Flight VS16 launch as a “wonderful and exciting moment,” adding: “I want to thank Arianespace’s work, which – as always – has been done with excellence.’’

Hispasat 36W-1 was the 15th OHB System-built satellite lofted by Arianespace, with 11 more in Arianespace’s order book for future launches.

Soyuz confirmed its accuracy on Flight VS16, with the following estimated orbital parameters for Hispasat 36W-1’s deployment:
– Apogee altitude: 35,886.5 km. for a target of 35,862.6 km.
– Perigee altitude: 249.4 km. for a target of 250.1 km..
– Inclination: 5.44 deg. for a target of 5.44 deg.

Keeping up the launch cadence in 2017

As the first Arianespace mission for 2017, Flight VS16 opens a busy launch manifest that targets up to 12 flights during the year, utilizing the medium-lift Soyuz, heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega. Of this total, six are planned between today and late April, underscoring Arianespace’s reactivity in meeting its customers’ launch requirements.

The next mission is scheduled for February 14, using an Ariane 5 to orbit two telecommunications satellite passengers. Designated Flight VA235 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this launch will carry SKY-Brasil-1 for AT&T (DIRECTV) through its affiliate DIRECTV Latin America, along with Telkom 3S for Indonesia’s Telkom.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/vs16-launch-success/

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Successful launch of the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite

January 28, 2017


Hispasat’s new communications satellite, successfully launched by a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana, is now orbiting in space.

 The H36W-1 includes a pioneering RedSAT regenerative payload, enabling HISPASAT to use satellite power more smoothly and efficiently.

 This is the first mission of the new SmallGEO platform, which was developed by OHB System AG (Germany) together with the European Space Agency and HISPASAT.

Madrid, 28 January 2017. At 2:03 AM Spanish time, Hispasat successfully launched its tenth satellite, the Hispasat 36W-1 (H36W-1), from the European Spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana, aboard Arianespace’s Soyuz launch vehicle.

Approximately 32 minutes after the rocket took off, the H36W-1 satellite separated from the launch vehicle, at which point the solar panels were started up and deployed. From that moment on, manoeuvres began to position the new satellite at the geostationary orbit point where the test phase will be carried out to make sure it is working properly, and which is scheduled to last several weeks.

Carlos Espinós, the satellite operator’s CEO, stated that “this new satellite is an important step in Hispasat’s innovation strategy. Hispasat 36W-1 is not only the first mission of the new SmallGEO platform, but also incorporates an advanced regenerative payload that will provide the satellite with greater flexibility and signal quality thanks to its reconfigurable antenna and on-board processor, thus improving the telecommunications services it will provide to its clients. We are very satisfied with our collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), which has allowed us to participate in a leading technological project to which they have added significant value with their knowledge and experience in the space sector.”

The new satellite will provide coverage for South America and Europe, including the Canary Islands. It has a 15-year lifespan and will offer video contribution and cellular backhaul services, as well as company and broadband solutions. It is fitted with 20 transponders on the Ku band and additional capacity of up to 3 transponders on the Ka band, and has a launch mass of 3,200 kg.

Innovation

The H36W-1satellite was built by the German company OHB System AG and is the first mission of the SmallGEO platform, developed by the German manufacturer together with the European Space Agency and HISPASAT. This platform allows for a substantial reduction in satellite mass thanks to the use of electric propulsion throughout the lifespan of the satellite.

In addition, the H36W-1 incorporates RedSAT, an advanced regenerative payload consisting of a novel active antenna with reconfigurable beams that, together with the on-board processor, will improve the efficiency and services offered by the satellite. The antenna can be controlled electronically from the Earth and reoriented at any point during the lifespan of the satellite, granting it the flexibility to adapt its coverage to mission changes that may occur after launch, while still in orbit.

The on-board processor is a further step in the evolution of satellites, which can greatly simplify network architecture by performing in space a part of the processing usually carried out on Earth. It can simultaneously process up to four 36 MHz transponders, correcting possible signal degradations and transmitting them without errors, leading to a more robust and higher quality communications system that enables signal reception with small-diameter antennas.

Investment in the project has amounted to more than 240 million euros, and it has received funding from the CDTI as well as significant involvement from the Spanish industrial sector:

• Airbus Defense and Space Spain: Reconfigurable DRA-ELSA active receiving antenna (RedSAT payload), two reflective, deployable antennas on the Ku band and one fixed antenna on the Ka band. Two deployment systems for the two deployable DAPM (Deployable Antenna Positioning Mechanism) antennas on the Ku band.

• Arquimea: Analogue and digital ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) on the DRA-ELSA antenna.

• Celis: Development of the satellite IOT test bench.

• Crisa (subsidiary of Airbus): PCU (Power Control Unit) or satellite power regulator.

• Expace: NOC (Network Operation Centre) development of the RedSAT regenerative payload Earth system.

• GMV: Satellite control centre and flight dynamics systems.

• Iberespacio: Control units of the electric propulsion subsystem. LHP (Loop Heat Pipe) active cooling system for the DRA-ELSA antenna.

• Indra: Terrestrial segment of satellite control. Gateway of the RedSAT terrestrial segment.

• Tecnobit (Oesía Group): DRA-ELSA antenna control unit: ICU (Integrated Control Unit) and its PSU (Power Supply Unit).

• Thales Alenia Space Spain: Regenerative RedSAT on-board processor and associated terrestrial segment.

• Tryo Aerospace: LNA (Low-Noise Amplifier) and Down Converters (Frequency Converters) on the Ku and Ka frequency bands. Telemetry and telecommand (omni-directional and horn) antennas.

http://www.hispasat.com/en/press-room/press-releases-2016/archivo-2017/253/el-satelite-hispasat-36w-1-ha-sido-lanzado-con-exito

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28.01.2017

OHB with a successful launch into a geostationary orbit

Bremen/Kourou, January 28, 2017. In the early hours of the morning, the telecommunications satellite H36W-1 produced by space technology company OHB System AG reached its target orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers. A Russian Soyuz carrier had lifted off on schedule at 2.03 hours CET from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French-Guyana. Roughly half an hour later, the carrier released the satellite with a mass of 3,200 kg into its geostationary transfer orbit.

The successful launch of the first satellite from the SmallGEO range marks a milestone in OHB’s history. SmallGEO is the first telecommunications satellite to be developed, integrated and tested in Germany for more than 20 years.

“We are thrilled and relieved that H36W-1 is now on its way. The first satellite is always a major step particularly in the case of a new specially developed platform in such an important segment as the telecommunications market. We have developed, managed and implemented an integrated design, which we have tested intensively during an eleven-month test campaign. We are very confident of achieving good performance from the end of March,” says Dr. Dieter Birreck, the responsible project manager at OHB System AG.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) satellite control center received the first “sign of life” from the satellite just under one hour later via the ground centers in Kumsan, South Korea, and Uralla, Australia. 22 employees from OHB System AG, four from OHB Sweden and two from OHB Italia are working around the clock at the satellite control center to ensure the smooth start-up of the telecommunications satellite and to support mission control. H36W-1 will be reaching its geostationary test position in twelve days’ time, where it will be calibrated and placed in operation over a period of a good five weeks. After a voyage of a further nine days, the satellite will reach its final position over 36 degrees longitude west, where it will provide communications services for Europe, the Canary Islands and South America for Spanish operator HISPASAT over a period of more than 15 years.

The first of its kind

Germany’s return to system capability in the commercial market for telecommunications satellites has its roots in the close partnership between OHB System AG, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The development of SmallGEO is expressly included in the German space strategy and underscores the country’s wish to act independently and flexibly in the small satellite segment.

Developed by OHB System AG as part of the ESA ARTES program (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems), SmallGEO is a flexible geostationary satellite platform which can be tailored for different mission goals such as telecommunications, Earth observation and technology testing. With its modular structure, the SmallGEO satellite platform can be modified flexibly to meet specific customer requirements. Customers can select a classic, hybrid or electric propulsion system for the satellite. Depending on the type, it has a launch mass of between 2,500 and 3,500 kg, with a permitted payload mass of between 450 and 900 kg. Measuring 3.7 x 1.9 x 2 meters, H36W-1 had a launch mass of 3,200 kg.

Involvement of further OHB SE companies

In addition to OHB System AG acting as the prime contractor, three of OHB’s European sister companies were also involved in the successful development and realization of this first SmallGEO satellite and will also contribute to future SmallGEO platforms. OHB Sweden delivered innovative subsystems for electric propulsion and attitude and orbit control. Luxspace delivered the telemetry, telecontrol and ranging subsystem and actively participated in its validation at the satellite level. In addition, LuxSpace contributed to the development of the satellite simulator. OHB Italia developed the payload management unit and supported system engineering of the thermal control subsystem.

Further OHB SmallGEO projects

The first SmallGEO satellite, the H36W-1, was completed in the form of a private-public partnership between ESA, OHB and the Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT. Further projects in the conventional telecommunications segment include EDRS-C (laser relay) and Heinrich Hertz (in-orbit verification of numerous national scientific and technical innovations as well as satellite communications for the German federal armed forces). OHB is developing Electra, a satellite with a fully electric propulsion system based on the SmallGEO platform, which will be able to carry a substantially larger payload due to the lighter weight of the propulsion system. Europe’s future fleet of weather satellites, the “Meteosat Third Generation” EUMETSAT satellites, is also based on the SmallGEO satellite platform.

https://www.ohb-system.de/press-releases-details/ohb-with-a-successful-launch-into-a-geostationary-orbit.html

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Press release, 28 January 2017


Europe's new geostationary satellite platform for the telecommunications market - First 'made in Germany' SmallGEO satellite is in space

The Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite, the first in a new satellite platform called SmallGEO, developed and built in Germany, was launched to space on 28 January 2017 at 02:03 CET (27 January, 22:03 local time). SmallGEO is a platform for
relatively light geostationary satellites weighing approximately three tons – instead of the standard six or eight – that orbit Earth at an altitude of 36,000 kilometres.

The platform has a modular design and can be configured and used in various ways – especially for the commercially interesting market of telecommunications services. The first SmallGEO satellite was launched from the European Space Agency (ESA) spaceport
in French Guiana on board a Soyuz launcher. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) supported the development of this 'small' satellite platform with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs
and Energy: Germany is the largest contributor to ESA's SmallGEO programme and has invested some 150 million euros (42.5 percent of the total budget) in the development of the platform and payload. The main contractor for the satellite is an industrial
team headed by OHB System AG  in Bremen.

System capability in telecommunications

"After the DFS-Copernicus programme, whose last satellite was launched in the early 1990s, SmallGEO shows that Germany is once again able to develop and build communication satellites," emphasises Gerd Gruppe, Director of DLR Space Administration.
He adds: "The mission now under way marks the entry into the market and is an important milestone. "With SmallGEO, Germany is gaining a new system capability. This makes our industry stronger - even in the competitive international market. Furthermore,
this is a key objective of Germany's space strategy."

German expertise for the payload

Hispasat 36W-1 will provide Spain, the Canary Islands and South America with multimedia services. The German company Tesat Spacecom from Backnang designed and built its first complete communications payload for this mission. Part of this payload is
the Ka-Band Demonstrator, a communications unit with a particularly wide range of frequencies. This payload unit includes a new control unit and three power amplifiers. Both technologies are being tested in space and are intended to make satellite
communications more flexible. Until now, telecommunications satellites have been relatively inflexible: once launched into space, they transmit in the same frequency range and at a fixed power for their entire service life of about 15 years. "This
is no longer viable these days and does not meet market demands. A flexible power amplifier can, if necessary, increase or decrease the intensity. This saves power, which is then available for other applications," explains DLR Programme Manager Frank
Bensch.

The first weeks

During the first 10 days after the launch – the so-called 'Launch and Early Orbit Phase' – the engineers and scientists at the German Space Operations Center (GSOC)  at the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen and at the ground station in Weilheim are responsible
for the navigation and control of the satellite. "In the first phase, we intensively test the operation of the satellite platform and bring the satellites into their geostationary orbit. This is followed by in-orbit tests, which mainly include payload
tests with the transponders and antennas. A few weeks later, the satellite is handed over to the control centre of the Spanish satellite operator Hispasat near Madrid," explains Thomas Kuch, Head of Mission Operations at GSOC.

Looking into the future

Frank Bensch, SmallGEO programme manager at the DLR Space Administration, adds: "Hispasat 36W-1 is the start of our own product line." For example, the European Meteosat Third Generation weather satellites currently being built are based on SmallGEO.
In the EDRS-C follow-up mission – scheduled for launch in the autumn of 2017 – the SmallGEO platform will be expanded with a purely chemically powered variant. EDRS-C will be part of the European Data Relay System (EDRS), a data highway in space, which
started operating in 2016 with its first EDRS-A satellite. The SmallGEO platform is also preparing the German Heinrich Hertz  satellite mission, with the launch scheduled for 2020. A platform variant with a fully electric drive is being developed for
the Electra mission, which is planned for 2022. As a result, the payload can be nearly doubled for the same satellite mass.

SmallGEO – Programme and participants

SmallGEO is part of a European Space Agency (ESA) development programme for telecommunications systems. The main contractor for the satellites is OHB System AG in Bremen. In addition, the Spanish satellite operator Hispasat is ESA's partner in the
SmallGEO programme and the first satellite customer. The main contractor for the payload is Tesat-Spacecom GmbH and Co. KG from Backnang. The star trackers are supplied by Jena-Optronik GmbH. A total of 12 ESA Member States are involved in the programme.
In addition to Germany, the main contributors are Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy. Germany is the programme leader with 42.5 percent. In addition to the system and payload expertise, Germany can build on a strong supplier base. With the solar
cells provided by Azur and the solar array by Airbus Defense and Space, large parts of the power supply come from Heilbronn and Ottobrunn. The xenon tanks were supplied by MT Aeropace in Augsburg and the fuel tanks by Airbus Safran Launchers in Bremen.
Other suppliers are Airbus DS in Friedrichshafen, Airbus Safran Launchers in Lampoldshausen, Jena Optronik and Rockwell Collins in Heidelberg. The satellite tests were carried out at IABG and Airbus DS, both based in Ottobrunn.


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Re: LIVE: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS16 - HISPASAT-AG1 January 27, 2017
« Reply #170 on: 01/28/2017 09:07 PM »
Some cross-posting from the Arianespace launch schedule thread, regarding this launch's hardware and capabilities.  This Hispasat satellite appears to max out, or slightly exceed the maximum payload capacity of Soyuz+Fregat from Kourou.

VA234 A5 ECA 20th of December 2016 at 17:30 local
VS16 ST-B (Hispasat AG1) 27th of January 2017 at 22:03:34 local

That's amazing. Hispasat AG1 gets transferred from an Ariane 5ECA to a Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT. Maybe the satellite was edited a bit to fit on the Soyuz (i.e. less mass).

Hispasat AG1 (aka 36W-1) is 3.2 tonnes http://www.hispasat.com/es/flota-de-satelites/futuros-satelites/hispasat-36w-1 which is precisely the GTO limit for Soyuz-ST from CSG (3250 kg)

EDIT: Upon more careful examination, I realized 3.25 tonnes is for SC+adapter, so it might be true they sacrificed a bit of propellant or found some other measure to lighten the satellite -or found a way to squeeze extra performance by the Soyuz?

This bird has been delayed by launcher unavailability and problems during the test program of the new REDSAT platform, since at least 2013, and has prompted Hispasat to lease capacity from Canada's Nimiq 2.

EDIT: Upon more careful examination, I realized 3.25 tonnes is for SC+adapter, so it might be true they sacrificed a bit of propellant or found some other measure to lighten the satellite -or found a way to squeeze extra performance by the Soyuz?
Or found a way to squeeze extra performance from the Fregat-MT upper stage?
Depends on the Fregat-MT number AFAIK their is version with enhanced features being developed. I doubt an enhanced Fregat-MT will have flown on a Russian Federal mission before this commercial flight starts to space.

AFAIK is a standard Fregat-MT, same one we used for our Galileo launches.

Here's another thought: Some Falcon 9 GTO launches have been GEO-1800 m/s, instead of the customary GEO-1500 m/s.  The 300 m/s difference must be made up by the spacecraft.

Will the same strategy be used in this case?

Would the orbits below be the initial GTO orbit of Hispasat-AG1 and the disposal orbit of the Fregat stage?
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM:

2017-006A/41942 in 239 x 35639 km x 5.54°
2017-006B/41943 in 239 x 35593 km x 5.42°

Also, I see the spacecraft massed out at 3221 kg.

What was the solution to the apparent issue of "this satellite + adapter is too heavy to launch to GTO on a Soyuz-STB/Fregat-MT"?

Example: Was this launch similar to the Falcon 9 GEO-1800 m/s launches?

Or, was this launch within the envelope of the launch vehicle's capabilities, including reaching a "standard" GEO-1500 m/s orbit?
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I thank the NSF members who contributed to the live coverage of the launch.  I couldn't watch live, so having this thread to view later is appreciated!

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Some cross-posting from the Arianespace launch schedule thread, regarding this launch's hardware and capabilities.  This Hispasat satellite appears to max out, or slightly exceed the maximum payload capacity of Soyuz+Fregat from Kourou.


Hispasat AG1 (aka 36W-1) is 3.2 tonnes http://www.hispasat.com/es/flota-de-satelites/futuros-satelites/hispasat-36w-1 which is precisely the GTO limit for Soyuz-ST from CSG (3250 kg)

EDIT: Upon more careful examination, I realized 3.25 tonnes is for SC+adapter, so it might be true they sacrificed a bit of propellant or found some other measure to lighten the satellite -or found a way to squeeze extra performance by the Soyuz?

This bird has been delayed by launcher unavailability and problems during the test program of the new REDSAT platform, since at least 2013, and has prompted Hispasat to lease capacity from Canada's Nimiq 2.

Here's another thought: Some Falcon 9 GTO launches have been GEO-1800 m/s, instead of the customary GEO-1500 m/s.  The 300 m/s difference must be made up by the spacecraft.

Will the same strategy be used in this case?

Would the orbits below be the initial GTO orbit of Hispasat-AG1 and the disposal orbit of the Fregat stage?
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM:

2017-006A/41942 in 239 x 35639 km x 5.54°
2017-006B/41943 in 239 x 35593 km x 5.42°

Also, I see the spacecraft massed out at 3221 kg.

What was the solution to the apparent issue of "this satellite + adapter is too heavy to launch to GTO on a Soyuz-STB/Fregat-MT"?

Example: Was this launch similar to the Falcon 9 GEO-1800 m/s launches?

Or, was this launch within the envelope of the launch vehicle's capabilities, including reaching a "standard" GEO-1500 m/s orbit?

This is a standard GEO-1500 (I get GEO-1495) orbit.

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Congratulations to RSC Progress, Lavochin, Roscosmos, Arianespace, OHB, Thales Aliena, Hispasat and the CSG.
I have a question, was the anomaly on the atomic clocks of the Galileo fleet what "freed" this Soyuz? Was the decision to move the Galileo all to Araine-5ES? Or was simply available?

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Fregat = MT 133-06

Are you sure?

I'll find a picture if I can, but thats what I have yes
VS14 = Fregat M 133-08
VS15 = Fregat MT 133-05
VS16 = Fregat MT 133-06
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hi-res without you know what.
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Would the orbits below be the initial GTO orbit of Hispasat-AG1 and the disposal orbit of the Fregat stage?
2 objects have been cataloged by USSTRATCOM:

2017-006A/41942 in 239 x 35639 km x 5.54°
2017-006B/41943 in 239 x 35593 km x 5.42°


 
 

The early TLEs for B were a mistake (they were really for A?). B TLEs now show 180 x 35632 km which is more in line with the expected Fregat depletion perigee. (Some of the early A TLEs were also actually for B).

Also, A seems to have raised its perigee yesterday to 474 km, indicating a propulsion test burn at apogee
at around 0100 Jan 30
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ESA released a timelapse showing the preperation of Hispasat up to and including the launch.

The video features a (somewhat too relaxing) ambient soundtrack:

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Now in geosynchronous orbit according to the latest TLE in CelesTrak.


Epoch (UTC): 11 February 2017 04:36:41
Eccentricity: 0.0001620
Inclination: 0.0947°
Perigee height: 35780 km
Apogee height: 35793 km
Right ascension of ascending node: 269.4422°
Argument of perigee: 42.2739°
Revolutions per day: 1.00270512
Mean anomaly at epoch: 232.9142°
Orbit number at epoch: 30

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http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Telecommunications_Integrated_Applications/SmallGEO/First_SmallGEO_mission_to_start_service

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After four months of exhaustive testing in space, the flagship SmallGEO mission Hispasat 36W-1 has passed all trials with flying colours, which means control has been handed to the operator.

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