Intelsat 36

Summary

Intelsat 36
NamesIS-36
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorIntelsat
COSPAR ID2016-053B [1]
SATCAT no.41748
WebsiteIntelsat 36
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftIntelsat 36
BusSSL 1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass3,253 kg (7,172 lb)
Dimensions5.2 m × 3.1 m × 3.4 m (17 ft × 10 ft × 11 ft)
Power15.8 kW
Start of mission
Launch date24 August 2016, 22:16:01 UTC
RocketAriane 5 ECA (VA-232)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-3
ContractorArianespace
Entered service6 October 2016
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude68.5° East
Transponders
Band40 transponders:
10 C-band
30 Ku-band
Coverage areaSub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
 

Intelsat 36, also known as IS-36, is a geostationary communications satellite operated by Intelsat and designed and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral on the SSL 1300 satellite bus.[2][3] It covers Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia from the 68.5° East longitude, providing media and content distribution with the South Africa MultiChoice company as anchor customer.[4] It has a mixed C-band and Ku-band.[2][3][5][6]

Satellite description

Intelsat 36 was designed and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral on the SSL 1300.[2][3] It has a launch mass of 3,253 kg (7,172 lb) and a design life of more than 15 years. When stowed for launch, the satellite measures 5.2 m × 3.1 m × 3.4 m (17 ft × 10 ft × 11 ft).[7] It is powered by two wings, with three solar panels each and is designed to generate 15.8 kW at the end of its design life.[7]

Its payload is composed of 10 C-band transponders and 30 Ku-band.[7] The C-band is used for content distribution in the Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia regions. The Ku-band is used by the anchor customer for Sub-Saharan Africa content distribution.[5][6]

History

On 4 August 2014, then Space Systems/Loral (now SSL) announced that it had been awarded a contract with Intelsat for a new communications satellite. Continuing with a four decades business relationship, Intelsat 36 would be designed to provide media and content distribution services in Africa and South Asia. Its anchor customer would be MultiChoice of South Africa.[8][9]

On 15 July 2016, Senior Space Program Managers Richard Laurie and Brian Sing blogged that they had been on the Boeing factory overseeing the transport preparations for Intelsat 33e to French Guiana. There it would join Intelsat 36, for integration on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher, which was expected to launch on 24 August 2016.[10] On 26 July 2016, Space Systems/Loral announced the arrival that same day of Intelsat 36 to the space port in Kourou.[11] At the French launch site, even though Intelsat is the owner of the two passengers of the Ariane 5 VA 232 flight, they have separate launch teams. Each satellite is built by a different manufacturer, and it has a different supervisor team within Intelsat.[12]

On 4 August 2016, Program Manager Brian Sing died and the flight was dedicated in his honor. On 24 August 2016, at 22:16:01 UTC, after a slight delay due to a rocket issue, the Ariane 5 ECA VA-232 flight launched from Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-3, with Intelsat 33e riding the upper position and Intelsat 36 enclosed under the SYLDA.[13] At 22:57 UTC, Intelsat 36 separated from the rocket's upper stage.[14] Intelsat confirmed that it had received the satellites signals as expected after separation.[14][15] Arianespace estimated the insertion orbit as 248.7 km × 35,858 km × 5.98°, very close to the target of 249.0 km × 35,879 km × 6.00°.[16]

Intelsat 36 entered into operation on 6 October 2016.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Display: Intelsat 36 2016-053B". NASA. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter Dirk (11 December 2017). "Intelsat 36". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Intelsat 36". Satbeams. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Intelsat 36". SSL (company). Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Intelsat 36 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Intelsat. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Intelsat 36". Intelsat. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Launch Kit VA232" (PDF). Arianespace. August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ "SSL selected to provide Intelsat 36 satellite". SSL (company). 12 June 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Awards & Launch History - 1300 Bus Satellites". SSL (company). Archived from the original on 12 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Working Double-Time: Intelsat's Next Launch". Intelsat. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  11. ^ "SSL SSL delivers Intelsat 36 to launch base". SSL (company). 12 June 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  12. ^ "The Launch of Intelsat 33e: Let the Campaign Begin!". Intelsat. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  13. ^ Bergin, Chris (24 August 2016). "Ariane 5 sets new record via the lofting of Intelsat pair". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Intelsat Announces Successful Launch of Intelsat 36". Intelsat. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ Clark, Stephen (24 August 2016). "Intelsat celebrates double success with Ariane 5 launch". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Intelsat "doubles down" with Arianespace for an Ariane 5 dual success". Arianespace. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Intelsat 36 Enters Service: Delivering High Definition Entertainment in Sub-Saharan Africa". Intelsat. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2021.