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Arianespace Launch To Benefit Amateur Radio Operators

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Arianespace Launch To Benefit Amateur Radio Operators


Geneva - Today at Telecom ’99, Arianespace and AMSAT-DL, the German
branch of the international amateur radio satellite community, announced
the signing of a launch contract for the AMSAT Phase 3-D communications
satellite, to be carried aloft on an Ariane 5 as auxiliary payload. 

The launch will take place in the year 2000 from Europe’s Spaceport in
Kourou, French Guiana. AMSAT Phase 3D will be one of the first secondary
payloads boosted by Ariane 5, which will use a special adapter for
orbital injection. 

Weighing 650 kg (1,430 lb) at launch, AMSAT Phase 3-D will be injected
into a geostationary transfer orbit. It will then use its own propulsion
system to reach elliptical orbit (4,000 x 47,000 km, inclined at 60
degrees), where it will be used as a relay by the international
community of amateur radio operators for nearly ten years. 

In 2000, Arianespace will also inaugurate its new ASAP-5 (Ariane
Structure for Auxiliary Payloads), designed for micro-satellites
weighing less than 100 kg (220 lb) or mini-satellites weighing less than
300 kg (660 lb). ASAP-5 replaces the previous-generation ASAP-4, which
has been used 6 times on Ariane 4. 

Arianespace has orbited some 27 auxiliary payloads since 1980.

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