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Discussion Thread for PSN 6 mission.

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NET 2018 on Falcon 9 to GTO.



PSN 6 is a communications satellite being built for the Indonesian operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara.

SSL Press Release
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 19, 2014 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the contract award previously reported on October 29, 2014, was for the Indonesian satellite operator, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN). The commercial communications satellite, named PSN VI, will provide service throughout South East Asia and includes a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload for service in Indonesia.

With both C-band and Ku-band transponders, PSN VI will be used for voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. PSN is the first private satellite telecommunications company in Indonesia and a leading Asian provider of a full range of satellite-based telecommunication services.

“PSN has a charter to use satellites to provide innovative communications solutions that help improve lives and support economic growth in remote regions,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are very glad to have the opportunity to help PSN further this endeavor by providing, not just a satellite, but a package of services to support its business goals, including launch.”

When launched in early 2017, PSN VI will be located at 146 degrees East longitude. Based on SSL’s proven 1300 satellite platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.

PSN 6 was originally going to be a Boeing 702SP satellite that could be dual launched like the Eutelsat/ABS launches, but they could not find another company to share the launch and switched the order to SSL.
SpaceNews: Indonesia’s PSN Switches to SSL after Boeing Unable To Pair Up All-electric Satellite

The more interesting part of this mission is what's riding along with PSN 6:
SpaceNews: Falcon 9 Co-passenger Found for SS/L-built PSN-6 Satellite
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One official said the payload in question was a U.S. government satellite that would be carried into space attached to the PSN-6 before being released just above the geostationary arc 36,000 kilometers over the equator.

Palto Alto, California-based SSL won the PSN-6 contract in November 2014 in part by making a long-standing Falcon 9 launch option part of its bid. The cost of the launch to SSL was apparently low enough that it could integrate it into its offer and win the PSN business with or without a co-passenger.

PSN 6 on Gunter's Space Page



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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017-H1
« Reply #1 on: 06/13/2016 04:31 PM »
Could the co passenger be the recently announced NROL mission? The timeframe is right...

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017-H1
« Reply #2 on: 06/13/2016 04:38 PM »
If I'm not mistaken that's the second Indonesian organization to get a lift uphill on a Falcon???
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017-H1
« Reply #3 on: 06/13/2016 04:49 PM »
If I'm not mistaken that's the second Indonesian organization to get a lift uphill on a Falcon???
First one was Malaysian (RazakSAT, last Falcon 1 flight, and the only actual payload--not demo mass--successfully launched on Falcon 1). They're neighboring countries with a very similar language but definitely not the same one.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017-H1
« Reply #4 on: 03/25/2017 11:46 AM »
Could the co passenger be the recently announced NROL mission? The timeframe is right...

Any updates on whether PSN might be flying with NRO launch in April?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017-H1
« Reply #5 on: 03/25/2017 01:02 PM »
Could the co passenger be the recently announced NROL mission? The timeframe is right...

Any updates on whether PSN might be flying with NRO launch in April?

No mention of PSN 6 lately, and there is an FCC application for a RTLS flight that could be for the NROL payload (since it wouldn't make sense for anything else on the manifest.)

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017
« Reply #6 on: 05/18/2017 02:33 AM »
http://spacenews.com/china-great-wall-industry-corp-lands-indonesian-commercial-satellite-order/

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The funded satellites are PSN-6, a C- and Ku-band satellite ordered from Space Systems Loral in 2014 that is scheduled to launch next year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Palapa-N1 joint venture satellite, and the ageing Palapa-D. Adiwoso said PSN will seek to prolong the life of Palapa-D by moving it from 113 degrees east into a different orbit at 144 degrees east. Adiwoso said 70 percent of the capacity on PSN-6 is already sold.

Article suggests it will launch in 2018.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017
« Reply #7 on: 05/18/2017 03:53 AM »
If I'm not mistaken that's the second Indonesian organization to get a lift uphill on a Falcon???
First one was Malaysian (RazakSAT, last Falcon 1 flight, and the only actual payload--not demo mass--successfully launched on Falcon 1). They're neighboring countries with a very similar language but definitely not the same one.

I wasn't talking about RazakSat. (although I can't recall what I had in mind at the time) And I'm fairly aware of the difference between Malaysia and Indonesia, since my wife is Indonesian...

http://spacenews.com/china-great-wall-industry-corp-lands-indonesian-commercial-satellite-order/

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The funded satellites are PSN-6, a C- and Ku-band satellite ordered from Space Systems Loral in 2014 that is scheduled to launch next year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Palapa-N1 joint venture satellite, and the ageing Palapa-D. Adiwoso said PSN will seek to prolong the life of Palapa-D by moving it from 113 degrees east into a different orbit at 144 degrees east. Adiwoso said 70 percent of the capacity on PSN-6 is already sold.

Article suggests it will launch in 2018.

Not sure I see how moving it prolongs the life.. doesn't it use at least some fuel otherwise used for stationkeeping to move 30 degrees. Even if one drifts it slowly... Does it have to do with improving the angle/distance of the antennae or something? I don't see that either.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN 6 and co-passenger - NET 2017
« Reply #8 on: 05/18/2017 04:22 AM »
Not sure I see how moving it prolongs the life.. doesn't it use at least some fuel otherwise used for stationkeeping to move 30 degrees. Even if one drifts it slowly... Does it have to do with improving the angle/distance of the antennae or something? I don't see that either.

Probably let it go into an inclined orbit at the new location?

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