A Flight-proven Falcon 9 Will Deliver GovSat-1 To A Geostationary Transfer Orbit

SpaceX plans to launch the GovSat-1 satellite into orbit today, January 30, 2018. Launching from Complex 40, a flight-proven Falcon 9 first stage will help deliver the GovSat-1 into its geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The launch is scheduled for 4:25 PM with a backup window is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31 4:25 PM and closes at 6:46 PM

According to the GovSat website, GovSat is a brand operated by LuxGovSat S.A., a public-private joint venture between the Luxembourg government and SES, the world-leading satellite operator. GovSat-1 will be a multi-mission satellite that will use X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams to support multiple operations.”

GovSat-1 in Orbital ATK's Dulles, Virginia, Satellite Manufacturing Facility.
GovSat-1 in Orbital ATK’s Dulles, Virginia, Satellite Manufacturing Facility. Credit: Orbital ATK

From the SpaceX Press Release:

Designed exclusively to address governmental and institutional security user needs, GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, a public-private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES.
The satellite enables secure communication links between theaters of tactical operations, for maritime missions or over areas affected by humanitarian crises. It is ideal to enable mobility and ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) applications.
The multi-mission satellite offers X-band and Military Ka-band capacity, up to six high-powered fully steerable spot beams and an advanced Global X-band beam.

Equipped with anti-jamming features, encrypted telemetry, and control, GovSat-1 will provide enhanced resilience capabilities operated out of secured ground control facilities.
GovSat-1 will be positioned at 21.5 degrees East in the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) 36,000 kilometers above the equator. It will support communications within Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and enable operations over the Atlantic and Indian oceans, as well as over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas. The satellite was built by Orbital ATK and is offering 68 transponder-equivalent units of 36 MHz. It is designed to operate for 15 years and has a launch mass of over four metric tons.

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