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Optus D3



Optus D3, a communications satellite serving Australia, was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou on 21 August 2009 at 22:09 UT. The satellite will provide communications and direct-to-home television transmissions from a longitude of 156° E in geosynchronous orbit. The 2,500 kg satellite carries 24 Ku-band transponders and has an expected life span of 15 years.

Alternate Names

  • 35756
  • OptusD3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-08-21
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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