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Detailed information about IRIDIUM 18 satellite

Designator id: 1997-034D

Description of IRIDIUM 18 Satellite:

Iridium 20 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 24872U 97034D   12339.16713384  .00000088  00000-0  24410-4 0  1327
2 24872 086.3937 354.1835 0002315 083.6184 276.5273 14.34213476806552

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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