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SKYNET 5D

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    SKYNET 5D can be found in the following categories:
    Military
    Geostationary

    NORAD ID: 39034
    Int'l Code: 2012-075A
    Perigee: 35,778.4 km
    Apogee: 35,808.7 km
    Inclination: 0.1 °
    Period: 1,436.1 minutes
    Semi major axis: 42164 km
    Launch date: December 19, 2012
    Source: United Kingdom (UK)
    Comments: THE SKYNET 5D is a jam-resistant spacecraft built to serve the British Ministry of Defence. The 10,680-pound (4,844-kg) Skynet 5D satellite will be stationed over the Middle East, beaming communications to British ground troops, ships and airplanes. Skynet 5D will climb to a circular orbit 22,300 miles [35,888 km] over the equator, where it will enter service in geostationary orbit at 53 degrees east longitude. Skynet 5D will reinforce existing capacity and become the most widely-used satellite in the Skynet fleet, according to Astrium, which built and will operate the satellite for the UK Ministry of Defence. Astrium Satellites manufactured Skynet 5D, and another division of the company—Astrium Services—operates the Skynet satellite system. The Skynet 5 program includes four satellites, and Astrium's contract with the British military runs through 2022 for an estimated value of more than [US]$6 billion. Like other satellites in the Skynet fleet, Skynet 5D will offer secure, high-speed voice and data communications to British troops and allied forces, including the U.S., Portuguese and Australian armed forces.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 39034U 12075A   14298.10729586  .00000098  00000-0  10000-3 0  5229
    2 39034 000.0770 350.2700 0003593 220.3613 274.1703 01.00272362  6877
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for SKYNET 5D

     
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