Quote from: B. Hendrickx on 05/23/2023 08:04 pmPS: "Olimp-K 2" should be replaced by "Luch-5X" in the thread title. This is the satellite's official name. The correct transliteration is Luch 5Kh. :-)https://russianalphabeteasy.com/russian-letters/h/
PS: "Olimp-K 2" should be replaced by "Luch-5X" in the thread title. This is the satellite's official name.
Could someone who speaks Russian share the serial number(s) of the Briz-M and/or Proton-M that was stated in the video
EUTELSAT 3B is a tri-band satellite for markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South America. Located at 3° East, the satellite is optimised for customers operating broadband, data, telecom and video services in a vast footprint spanning from Brazil to Central Asia. With up to 51 transponders, EUTELSAT 3B offers satellite resources in Ku, C and Ka-band connected to fixed and steerable antennas for maximum flexibility. This enables users to select the most relevant frequency band for different types of service. Ku and C-band capacity is optimised for broadcast and data markets. High throughput beams in the Ka-band are ideal for innovative applications in bandwidth demanding markets.
Why eavesdrop on all these commercial satellites instead of military ones?
Quote from: owais.usmani on 10/05/2023 08:24 amWhy eavesdrop on all these commercial satellites instead of military ones?I think the communication of the military satellites will be encrypted.
Why is Russia interested in spying on satellites run by commercial companies? Because of their customers. U.S. and European militaries spend billions to lease bandwidth from commercial satellite operators like Intelsat and Eutelsat. These links may carry a variety of mission traffic, from unmanned aircraft video feeds to mobile ground unit communications.
The leaked documents contain a few more interesting facts. While we have mostly talked about a role for Space-based SIGINT in the context of the drone war, counter-insurgency, and military conflict, the second of the leaked documents mentions yet another role: collecting economic information.While economic information can be of legitimate military interest, it also has a potential strategic commercial value. This feeds my privately-held concern about whether the close eavesdropping on certain commercial telecommunications satellites also collects useful information from the viewpoint of industrial espionage. For non-US (e.g. European) companies and industries that might be the target of such espionage, this is something to consider. When you use your Thuraya satellite telephone or a satellite-based Internet connection to discuss your latest prospective bids for, say, building a harbor in Saudi Arabia, oil prospection in Jordan, or securing a large order of airliners from Qatar with the main office back home, the US government might be listening in and forwarding the info to interested US rival companies, to the latter’s benefit.
Quote from: Alter Sachse on 10/05/2023 03:26 pmQuote from: owais.usmani on 10/05/2023 08:24 amWhy eavesdrop on all these commercial satellites instead of military ones?I think the communication of the military satellites will be encrypted.So what do they get from eavesdroping on these commercial satellites? Super Bowl and Lady Gaga concerts maybe? or they looking for something else from them?
Olimp and Yenisei-2: Russia’s secretive eavesdropping satellites (part 1)by Bart HendrickxOn March 12 this year, a Proton-M rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, punching its way through a dense layer of fog that only thickened the veil of secrecy surrounding the launch. Although Baikonur is now a civilian launch site that is no longer used for military launches, Roscosmos did not stream the launch live and afterwards reported only that a satellite named Luch-5X had been placed into orbit to test “advanced relay and communication technology.” Its mission is reminiscent of that of another Russian satellite launched in September 2014. Announced simply as Luch, it has spent the past nine years traversing the geostationary belt and regularly parking itself close to commercial communications satellites with the apparent goal of eavesdropping on them.
EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS satellite, a very high throughput satellite built for the international operator Eutelsat, will deliver high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. With a Ka-band capacity of 500 Gbps, it is the largest and most capacitive geostationary communications satellite ever built in Europe. The satellite embarks the most powerful on-board digital processor ever put in orbit, offering capacity allocation flexibility and an optimum spectrum use.EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS is the satellite of all the superlatives: it is about 9 meters high, as tall as a three-story building, with a wingspan of more than 45 meters and a launch mass of 6,4 metric tons. With a design life exceeding 15 years, the satellite is built on a full electric Spacebus NEO platform from Thales Alenia Space and developed with the support of French and European space agency’s CNES and ESA.This new-generation satellite, harbouring a capacity seven times that of its brother satellite EUTELSAT KONNECT launched in 2020, will help bridge the digital divide by providing very high-speed Internet access across Europe, especially in isolated regions with poor coverage. The HTS services, available on the ground, in the air and at sea, anywhere and anytime in the covered area, will be comparable to a fiber-optic network’s performance and services.
Bart, at one point it was claimed that the Orlets-class Kosmos-2372 LEO spy sat had the name Yenisey. Is this no longer thought to be correct?