Brasilsat B2

Summary

Brasilsat B2
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorEmbratel
COSPAR ID1995-016A
SATCAT no.23536
Mission duration12 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
BusHS-376
ManufacturerHughes
Launch mass1,757 kg (3,874 lb)
Dry mass1,052 kg (2,319 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date28 March 1995, 23:14:19 UTC
RocketAriane 44LP H10+ (V66)
Launch siteCrentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2
ContractorArianespace
End of mission
Last contactRetired
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
LongitudeCurrent position: 63.1° West
First position: 65° West
Transponders
Band29 transponders:
28 C-band
1 X-band
Coverage areaBrazil
 

Brasilsat B2 is a Brazilian communications satellite launched on 28 March 1995, at 23:14:19 UTC, by an Ariane 44LP H10+ launch vehicle at Kourou in French Guiana.[1]

History

The Boeing Company contracted the acquisition of three satellites from Hughes Electronics Corporation. As part of the contract, Hughes would divide the work with Promon Engenharia SA of São Paulo. Brasilsat B1 and B2 were tested by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) of São José dos Campos, Brasilsat B3 and B4 were tested in the Hughes laboratories. The contract also included renovation of sensor equipment and telemetry, provided by Guaratiba Center for Satellite Signaling, located in Rio de Janeiro, as well as automation and installation of security equipment in the Tanguá Control Station.

Current status

In January 2008, Brasilsat B2 was moved from its former orbital position at 65° West to 92° West. Brasilsat B2 is now in inclined orbit at 63° West.

Of the four Brasilsat satellites, only Brasilsat B3 and Brasilsat B4 are currently(?) transmitting signals.

Main characteristics

  • Original orbital position: 65° West
  • Current orbital position: 63.1° West (inactive)
  • Coverage: Brazil
  • Transponders: 28 C-band, 1 X-band
  • Launch date: 28 March 1995
  • Model: Hughes HS-376W
  • Launch location/vehicle: Centre Spatial Guyanais / Ariane 44LP
  • Planned life of satellite: 12 years

References

  1. ^ "Brasilsat B1, B2, B3, B4". Gunter's Space Page. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.

External links

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