SatCentric... OPTUS D3
Launched on August 21, 2009, in tandem with the JCSat-12 satellite via an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana, the Optus D3 satellite occupies an orbital slot at 156 degrees East and is co-located with Optus C1.
The satellite offers DTH, Internet, telephony and data transmission services with fully 25 percent of the satellites capacity sold to Australian PayTV company Foxtel for HD broadcasting needs. The D3 offers a footprint that covers Australia and New Zealand and is owned by Optus Networks, Pty., of Sydney. The D3 has a 15-year life expectancy.
Optus D3 is based on Orbital Sciences flight-proven STAR-2 bus and is among the most powerful GEO communications satellites ever built by Orbital. The satellite carries 24 active Ku-band transponders on a platform that is ideal for telephony, data and broadcasting applications. The Optus D3 generates approximately 5.0 kilowatts of payload power. The STAR-2 platform is able to accommodate most types of commercial communications payloads.
Images courtesy of Orbital Sciences