GiSAT-1

GiSAT-1 is a high-throughput geostationary communications satellite ordered by Global IP Cayman. It is to be designed and manufactured by Boeing on the Boeing-702MP platform. It will serve 35 Sub-Saharan countries on the Ka band and offer over 150 Gbit/s of bandwidth with a flexible digital payload. It is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2018.[1]

GiSAT-1
Mission type Communication
Operator Global IP Cayman
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft GiSAT-1
Bus Boeing 702MP
Manufacturer Boeing
Launch mass 6 t (5.9 long tons; 6.6 short tons)
Power 15 kW
Start of mission
Launch date Q4 2018 (planned)
Rocket Falcon 9
Contractor SpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geosynchronous
Transponders
Band Ka band
Bandwidth >150 Gbps
Coverage area 35 Sub-Saharan countries

Satellite description

GiSAT-1 is being designed and manufactured by Boeing on the Boeing 702MP satellite bus. It will have an estimated launch mass of 6 tonnes (13,000 lb) and a design life of more than 15 years.[2]

It is powered by two wings, with four panels each, of triple-junction GsAs solar cells providing a total of 15 kW.[2]

It will have a fully digital high-throughput Ka band payload offering over 150 Gbit/s of bandwidth. It will offer its services in all the African continent and have four gateways in Europe for connectivity.[3]

History

On September 12, 2016, Boeing announced another win for its Boeing 702MP platform, with the order of GiSAT-1 from the start-up Global IP Cayman. It would be a 6 t (6.6 tons) satellite with 15 kW of power generation with a fully digital high-throughput Ka band payload offering over 150 Gbit/s of bandwidth. It was at the time expected to be launched in 2019.[2][4][3]

On April 3, 2017, Global IP Cayman announced that it had signed an agreement with SpaceX to launch GiSAT-1 on a Falcon 9 rocket.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Global-IP Announces the Selection of SpaceX to Launch its 150 Gbps GiSAT-1". BusinessWire. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "GiSat". Gunter's Space Page. September 12, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Boeing Communications Satellite to Expand Broadband Services in Africa". Boeing. September 12, 2016. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Global IP Broadband Services". Global IP Cayman. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.

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