Intelsat 10-02

Summary

Intelsat 10-02
NamesIS 10-02
Intelsat 1002
Intelsat Alpha-2
Intelsat X-02
IS-1002
Thor 10-02
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorIntelsat
COSPAR ID2004-022A
SATCAT no.28358
Mission duration13 years (planned)
16 years, 10 months, 4 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEurostar
BusEurostar-3000
ManufacturerEADS Astrium
Launch mass5,576 kg (12,293 lb) [1]
Dimensions7.5 × 2.9 × 2.4 m (24.6 × 9.5 × 7.9 ft)
Power15.7 kW
Start of mission
Launch date16 June 2004, 22:27:00 UTC [2]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
ContractorKhrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Entered serviceAugust 2004
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [3]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude1° West
Transponders
Band106 transponders:
70 C-band
36 Ku-band
Coverage areaSouth America, Europe, Africa, Middle East
Docking with MEV-2
Docking date12 April 2021, 17:34 UTC
Undocking date2026 (planned)
Time docked7 days (in progress)
~5 years(planned)
 

Intelsat 10-02 (or IS 10-02, Intelsat 1002, IS-1002, Intelsat Alpha-2, Intelsat X-02 and Thor 10-02 [1]) is a communications satellite operated by Intelsat.[4] Intelsat 10-02 is the first operational communications satellite to have its service life extended by Mission Extension Vehicle-2, while still in service, in 2021.[5]

Launch

Intelsat 10-02 was launched by a Proton-M launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 22:27:00 UTC on 16 June 2004.[6]

Capacity and coverage

The 5,576 kg (12,293 lb) satellite provides digital broadcasting, telephone, and broadband internet access to users in Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East through its 36 Ku-band, and 70 C-band transponders after parking over 1° West longitude.[6]

Thor 10-02

Telenor uses half of the Ku-band capacity of the satellite, which is marketed as Thor 10-02.[4]

Docking to MEV-2

On 12 April 2021, Northrop Grumman's MEV-2 satellite successfully rendezvoused and docked to Intelsat 10-02, which will extend its service life by returning it to a proper geosynchronous orbit.[5][7][8] The maneuver was completed at 17:34 UTC, marking the first time a satellite servicer has docked with an in-service commercial satellite in geosynchronous orbit (GEO). The two spacecraft will stay locked together for five years to extend the life of IS-10-02, which was running low on fuel after being in orbit since 2004.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Intelsat 10-02". SatBeams. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  3. ^ "INTELSAT 1002". N2YO.com. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Intelsat 10-02". Gunter's Space Page. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b Sheetz, Michael (12 April 2021). "Northrop Grumman robotic MEV-2 spacecraft, in a first, catches active Intelsat satellite". CNBC. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Display: Intelsat 10-02 2004-022A". NASA. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ "Intelsat-901 satellite, with MEV-1 servicer attached, resumes service". SpaceNews. 17 April 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Intelsat 901 Satellite Returns to Service Using Northrop Grumman's Mission Extension Vehicle". Northrop Grumman. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  9. ^ "MEV-2 servicer successfully docks to live Intelsat satellite". SpaceNews. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.

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