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Detailed information about IRIDIUM 42 satellite

Designator id: 1997-077A

Description of IRIDIUM 42 Satellite:

Iridium 42 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: 1997-12-08
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2C
Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 1445.0 kg

Funding Agencies:

Iridium (United States)

Disciplines:

Communications

Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 25077U 97077A   12339.10370854 -.00000198  00000-0 -77931-4 0  1226
2 25077 086.3933 354.1688 0002242 090.1293 270.0180 14.34212580784809

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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