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NASA Space Shuttle STS-7 Press Kit

NASA Space Shuttle STS-7 Press Kit

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NASA press kit for the STS-7 Space Shuttle mission. Published by NASA in 1983.

NASA press kit for the STS-7 Space Shuttle mission. Published by NASA in 1983.

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The Indonesian national telecommunications satellite, Palapa-B, will be ejected from Challenger on the second day
of the STS-7 mission. Palapa-B is the first in a new series of communication satellites.

These new satellites are more than twice as large and four times more powerful than the previous Palapa-A series,
which enabled Indonesia to first link its many islands by space age communications.

Palapa will operate on C-band (6/4 GHz) and will have 24 transponders compared to 12 on the A series. Palapa-B's
transponders will have 10-watt power outputs compared to 5 in use now. These improvements will increase
capability coverage to small rural terminals in remote locations.

The Palapa-B satellites will provide improved quality and efficiency to voice, video, telephone, telegraph and high
speed data transmissions.

The new satellite will have outer cylindrical sleeves which, along with folding antennas, deploy in space. The
vehicle's cylindrical body and extensions are covered with solar cells. With a height of 2.73 m (9 ft.) stowed, a
diameter of 2.16 m (7 ft.) and an orbit weight of 630 kg (1,400 lb.), Palapa will have an eight-year mission in space.

Palapa-B will serve Indonesia and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asia Nations) which includes the
Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Papua, New Guinea.

Similar in design to the SBS and Anik-C satellites, Palapa will provide 24 channels of C-band service. Built by
Hughes Communications International, Inc., the name Palapa signifies Indonesian national unity and commemorates
the unification of the nation by advanced satellite communications.

Edited by Richard W. Orloff, 01/2001/Page 41


Spacecraft Statistics (with antennas deployed)

Height: 6.83 m (22.4 ft.)

Diameter: 2.16 m (7 ft.)


Liftoff (STS Payload with Perigee Stage): 4,366 kg (9,625 lb.)
In orbit: Beginning of Life (BOL) - 630 kg (1,400 lb.) End of Life (EOL) - 515 kg (1,135 lb.)


Stationary Geosynchronous
On-station locations - 108, E to 118, E longitude

Communications Payload

Frequency Range - C-Band (4/6 GHz)

Antenna - Dual aperture, 1.83 m diameter vertical and horizontal linear polarization

Repeater - 24 operational channels, 10 W output per channel (34 dbw minimum ERP over Indonesia)
5 for 4 traveling wave tube amplifier redundancy

Control System

Redundant hydrazine; minimum eight years station-keeping capability

Power System

Dual solar drum array, extendible; maximum power (BOL) 100 w. Redundant nickel cadmium batteries.

Edited by Richard W. Orloff, 01/2001/Page 42

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