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Thuraya 1


Designation 26578 / 00066A
Launch date 21 Oct 2000
Country of origin United Arab Emirates
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Zenit Sea Launch #5

Inmarsat has leased capacity on the satellite to provide mobile broadband service at 144 kbps.
This satellite has faulty solar panels that may affect its lifetime. An early replacement is needed.


Begin End Position
L: 21 Oct 2000 Aug 2003 42°E, inclined
Sep 2003 Jun 2004 51.5°E, inclined (in-orbit backup)
Aug 2004 May 2007 97.5°E, inclined (in-orbit backup)

End of life

Out of service May 2007
Cause Moved to junk orbit

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Technical data


The digital signal processor, five times more capable than any previous digital processor produced by the satellite manufacturer, has more computing power than 3,000 Pentium III-based computers

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