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Superbird 6



Superbird 6 is a Japanese geostationary communications satellite that was launched by an Atlas 2AS rocket from Cape Canaveral at 00:45 UT on 16 April 2004. The 3.2 tonne, 4.4 kW satellite was launched into a highly elliptical transfer orbit, with a period 2,895 min, apogee 120,679 km, perigee 1,138 km, and inclination 25.5 deg. It is reported that this high apogee, with its very low velocity, is conducive to maneuvering into geostationary status using much less on-board fuel than the usual transfer orbits require. It will become geostationary by 5 May 2004, after six maneuvers. It will provide high data-rate transmissions for television and internet access to the Asia-Pacific region through its 23 Ku-band, and four Ka-band transponders, after parking over 158 deg-E longitude. It will be the fifth operational Superbird, after the current list of SUPERBIRD-A, -B2, -C, and -D.

Alternate Names

  • 28218
  • Superbird6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2004-04-16
Launch Vehicle: Atlas-2 AS
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Japan)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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