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Optus 1C



Optus 1C is an Australian dual-use (civil-military) geostationary satellite that was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou at 22:38 UT on 11 June 2003. The 4.7 tonne satellite carries 24 Ku-band civilian transponders and eight military transponders. The civilian part of the payload will enable video and internet links to Australia, New Zealand and East Asia, after parking over 156 deg-E longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 27831
  • Optus1C

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2003-06-11
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Australia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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