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Telesat-A Press Kit

Telesat-A Press Kit

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R
S
S
K
I
T
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
Washington,
D. C.
20546
202-755-8370
PROJECT:
FOR
RELEASE:
November
3,
1972
AM's
Friday
TELESAT-A
contents
GENERAL
RELEASE
1-3THE
SPACECRAFT
4
THE DELTA LAUNCH VEHICLE 4-6LAUNCH OPERATIONS 7
MAJOR
FLIGHT EVENTS
8
TELESAT-A/DELTA
TEAM 9
PRIME
CONTRACTORS 9
--
TELESAT-A: PEESS
KIT
H.G.
Allaway,
et al
(NASA)
3
Nov. 1972
11 p
N72-33830Onclas
G3/30
U3931
 
Howard
G. Allaway(Phone:
202/755-3680)
Jim
Lynch (GSFC)(Phone:
301/982-6255)
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
Washington,
D. C.
20546
Phone:
(202)
755-8370
FOR
RELEASE:
Friday
AM's
November 3,
1972RELEASE NO: 72-206
NASA
TO LAUNCH CANADIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE
The
first in a new series of Canadian domestic communications,satellites, TELESAT-A, will
be
launched
by
NASA
for
Telesat
Canada
aboard a Delta rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
no
earlier than November
9.The
satellite, named "Anik" (Eskimo for brother)
will be
positioned over
the
equator
at 109
degrees WestLongitude (straight south of Gallup, New Mexico). A secondsatellite will be launched four to six months later and will
be
positioned at 114 degrees West Longitude (straight south
of
Yuma,
Arizona).
A third satellite
will
be used as back-
up
if
necessary.-more-October 19, 1972
 
-2-
TELESAT will act as a space repeater capable of re-ceiving
transmission
from Earth stations
and
retransmittingthem to other Earth stations in Canada. Each of the satellites
•»
will be able to accommodate ten color television channelsor up to 9,600 telephone
circuits.
The Delta 92 vehicle will place the satellite into
a
highly elliptical orbit ranging from
196 to
62,301 kilo-meters (122 to 38,714 statute miles). After checkout andreorientation of the spacecraft, a solid propellant rocketmotor aboard TELESAT-A will be fired to
circularize
the or-bit at synchronous altitude (36,800 kilometers or 22,300miles).Atthis altitudethespeedof thespacecraftinorbit matches the rotational speed of Earth so that it ap-pearstohover overonespot.By thefiringofsmallgasjetsaboardthespacecraftit candriftinorbitandthen
be
positioned accurately at any desired stationary pointabovethe equator.NASA is reimbursed by Telesat Canada for costs ofthe Delta launch vehicle
and
launch services. Telesat Canadawas officially established by Act of Parliament on September
I/
1969, to own and operate Canada's Domestic SatelliteCommunications System.-more-

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