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Detailed information about IRIDIUM 69 satellite

Designator id: 1998-026A

Description of IRIDIUM 69 Satellite:

Iridium 69 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: 1998-05-02
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2C/SD
Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agencies:

Iridium (United States)



Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 25319U 98026A   12339.19945665  .00000237  00000-0  72269-4 0  8821
2 25319 086.4012 221.8077 0002118 023.7946 336.3346 14.37623664765023

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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