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Detailed information about INMARSAT 3-F3 satellite

Designator id: 1996-070A

Description of INMARSAT 3-F3 Satellite:

Inmarsat 3-F3 was the third in a series of five third generation satellites. Launched from Cape Canaveral aboard an Atlas 2 rocket, it is currently in service over the Pacific Ocean. It used the latest spot-beam technology and higher power to supply voice and data communications services worldwide to mobile terminals as small as pocket-size messaging units on ships, aircraft and vehicles.

INMARSAT-3 development was carried out by prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Matra Marconi Space. With an end-of-life power rating of 2,800 W, each INMARSAT-3 could deliver an IERP of up to 48dBW - eight times the INMARSAT-2 level - in L-band. It could dynamically reallocate both RF power and bandwidth among a global beam and five spot beams, allowing greater reuse of the available spectrums. Simultaneous voice channel capacity was up to eight times the INMARSAT-2 figure.

Each INMARSAT-3 also carried a navigation transponder designed to enhance the accuracy, availability and integrity of the GPS and Glonass satellite navigation systems.


Technical data:

Launch Date: 1996-12-18
Launch Vehicle: Atlas
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agencies:

International Telecommunications Satellite Corporation (International)

Disciplines:

Communications

Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 24674U 96070A   12342.40557517  .00000053  00000-0  10000-3 0  5292
2 24674 000.0580 060.7910 0005828 204.0780 135.8439 01.00273635 58479

Last TLE update on :2012-12-07

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