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DSCS 3-11

Also called USA 148 (code B8)


Designation 26052 / 00001A
Launch date 21 Jan 2000
Country of origin United States
Mission Military: Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit unofficial: 103°E
Launch vehicle Atlas Centaur #124

A cable problem was detected before launch and caused several months delay.

It is the first of four remaining super high-frequency communications satellites to feature the SLEP (Service Life Enhancement program) upgrades. This upgrade includes increased downlink power (50 W TWTA), improved connectivity to its antennas and upgraded transponder channels.

Still operational in Jan 2010.

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Technical data


Prime contractor Lockheed Martin
Mass at launch 1168 kg
Dry mass approx 900 kg
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 1700 W
Design lifetime  

Other specifications might be similar to these of the earlier satellites


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