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Detailed information about IRIDIUM 15 satellite

Designator id: 1997-034A

Description of IRIDIUM 15 Satellite:

Iridium 15 was part of a planned commercial communications network comprised of a constellation of 66 LEO spacecraft. The system will use L-Band to provide global communications services through portable handsets. A total of 125 spacecraft will be built by Lockheed for more than $700M. Commercial service is planned to begin in 1998. The system will employ 15-20 ground stations with a master control complex in Landsdowne, VA, a backup in Italy, and a third engineering center in Chandler, AZ. The spacecraft was 3-axis stabilized, with a hydrazine propulsion system. It had 2 solar panels with 1-axis articulation. The system employed L-Band using FDMA/TDMA to provide voice at 4.8 kbps and data at 2400 bps with 16 dB margin. Each satellite had 48 spot beams for Earth coverage and used Ka-Band for crosslinks and ground commanding.


Technical data:

Launch Date: 1997-07-09
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

Funding Agencies:

Iridium (United States)

Disciplines:

Communications

Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 24869U 97034A   12339.13541172 -.00001051  00000-0 -38249-3 0  1972
2 24869 086.3931 354.0096 0002264 086.4612 273.6852 14.34212272806554

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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