Telstar 12 VANTAGE communication satellite was launched into the geostationary orbit (GEO) onboard a H-IIA launch vehicle in November 2015.

The satellite is located at a 15° west orbital position and provides communication services by connecting the Americas to Europe and the Middle East.

It is operated by Telesat, a leading global satellite operator based in Ottawa, Canada.

Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite design and development

Anik G1 is a telecommunication satellite designed and manufactured by Space Systems / Loral (SSL).

Airbus Defence and Space was awarded the contract to design, manufacture and integrate the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite. The satellite assembly and integration works were completed at the Airbus Defence and Space facility located in Toulouse, France.

Following the completion of the final integration and testing, the satellite was shipped to Tanegashima Space Centre to carry out launch operations in October 2015.

Designed for a lifespan of 15 years, the satellite has a launch mass of 4,800kg and spacecraft power of 11kW. It includes two deployable solar arrays and batteries.

The spacecraft is based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, which can carry satellites with a launch mass ranging between 4,500kg and 6,000kg, as well as solar arrays between 35m and 45m.

Communication satellite launch vehicle details

The satellite was launched onboard the H-IIA launch vehicle 29 built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The launch operations were performed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket consists of a first stage, second stage, fairing, and one or two pairs of solid rocket boosters (SRB-As).

First and second pairs of solid rocket boosters were separated at 127 seconds, while the first stage separation was completed after 408 seconds. The second stage engine ignition began at 414 seconds. The second stage engine restarted at 15,570 seconds and the spacecraft was finally separated from the rocket after 16,016 seconds.

The launch vehicle lifts off from Launch Pad Number One from the Yoshinobu launch complex in the Tanegashima Space Centre, which is located in southern Japan.

Communication capabilities of Telstar 12 VANTAGE

“Designed for a lifespan of 15 years, the satellite has a launch mass of 4,800kg and spacecraft power of 11kW.”

Telstar 12 VANTAGE carries 52 Ku-band transponders that operate over four regional beams and eight spot beams. It serves the needs of broadcast, corporate and government users by providing coverage to the Americas and Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.

The satellite provides additional coverage capacity over that served by the existing Telstar 12 satellite by including Brazil and East Africa regions as well as the latest mobility services for aero and maritime markets over the Caribbean, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean.

Ground control for Telstar 12 VANTAGE

The satellite is controlled from Telesat’s ground control centre. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Telesat provides secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers.

The company has sophisticated teleports located throughout Canada, and also has US teleport located at Mount Jackson near Washington, DC.

Services offered by Telstar 12 VANTAGE

Panasonic awarded the contract in February 2016 for all the high throughput satellite (HTS) Ku-band capacity to provide mobile broadband services in the Mediterranean, Europe, and Middle East.

SpeedCast added the South Atlantic Beam upon Telstar 12 VANTAGE Satellite to its Global HTS Network Coverage in May 2016. Telesat’s teleport at Mount Jackson provides SpeedCast with control over global capacity.

OmniAccess contracted Telesat for HTS capacity on Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite in December 2016. It provides a new standard of broadband to the Caribbean yachts.

NSSLGlobal selected Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite to improve its VSAT IP@SEA, Cruise-IP and Broad-IP services. It mainly offers mobile broadband to African, Mediterranean, and Northern European passenger and merchant vessels.