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Teledesic 1

Also called Batsat and T1


Designation 25234 / 98012B
Launch date 26 Feb 1998
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 535/581 km
Inclination 97.7°
Period 95.8 min
Launch vehicle Pegasus XL
Launch site Vandenberg

Batsat was the name used to cover the real purpose of the satellite; it was advertised as a small technology satellite to operate in X- and Ka-band.

The satellite had a partial failure in orbit; insurance paid $15 million.

End of life

Decay 9 Oct 2000

External resources

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Technical data


Prime contractor Orbital & Boeing
Platform Microstar
Mass at launch 70 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Carries a Boeing Ka-band payload

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