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Palapa D reached GEO Orbit
Monday, 14 September 2009 12:33

Cannes, September 9, 2009 – Thales Alenia Space and Indosat announced today that the Launch Early Operation Phase (LEOP) has been successfully completed and the Palapa-D communications satellite is now in the nominal geostationary orbit (GEO). The solar panels and antennas have been deployed, and the payload in-orbit testing (IOT) phase is ready to start.

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The launch took place at the Xi Chang Satellite Launch Center, in Sichuan Province on August 31-st, but failed to place the spacecraft in the required orbit – due to an issue with the CZ-3B’s third stage.

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Ariane 5 ECA Launched JCSAT-12 & OPTUS D3 satellites
Saturday, 22 August 2009 23:55

Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Aug 21, 2009
Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA lifted-off from Kourou, South America at 6:09 pm EDT, on August 21, 2009, on a successful flight to deliver two major Asian communication satellites into geostationary orbit - JCSAT 12 and OPTUS D3.

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Satbeams in Press!
Thursday, 20 August 2009 12:00

Satbeams is featured in the UKs  "What Satellite & Digital TV" July's 2009 issue:

WhatSat article about Satbeams

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WhatSat July 2009 Cover

Echostar 1 at 77W
Satellite Footprints
Thursday, 20 August 2009 01:23

Echostar 1 has arrived at the 77W position. Predicted footprints are posted here:

Many thanks to Bajasur1 for providing the news and footprints!

Satellites moving
Thursday, 20 August 2009 01:03

Koreasat 2 has left the position 116.5 East and is moving to 75 East.

Astra 1F has left the position 19.2 East and is moving East.

KazSat 1 satellite that has failed back in Jan 2009 is finally deorbited.

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