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LES 9



General


Designation 08747 / 76023B
Launch date 15 Mar 1976
Country of origin United States
Mission Military: telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Titan 3 #93
Mass at launch 450 kg

LES 8 & 9 were placed in geostationary orbit with 90° between each other. Equipped with a radio isotropic 238 plutonium generator, they could communicate without the help of a ground station.

In 1998 the satellite is still active, relaying communications with the South Pole. Active state confirmed in 2004.

Location


Begin End Position
L: 15 Mar 1976   ?
Mar 1995   105°W, inclined


External resources


sat-index articles


Technical data



Transponder frequency chart (MHz)


Uplink Transponder Downlink
303.150 249.350
303.175 249.375
303.200 249.400
303.225 249.425
303.250 249.450
303.275 249.475
303.300 249.500
303.325 249.525
303.350 249.550
303.375 10 249.575
303.400 11 249.600
303.425 12 249.625
303.450 13 249.650
303.475 14 249.675
303.500 15 249.700
303.525 16 249.725
303.550 17 249.750
303.575 18 249.775
303.600 19 249.800
303.625 20 249.825
303.650 21 249.850



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