Missions

THURAYA-1

Mission Overview

Liftoff occurred at 10:51:59 pm PDT, Oct. 20, 2000 (5:51:59 am Oct. 21 GMT). The Zenit-3SL rocket, with equivalent performance of 5250 kg, delivered the Thuraya-1 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit one hour, 59 minutes and 7 seconds after liftoff. All flight parameters were nominal and injection into orbit was extremely accurate. The signal of the spacecraft was acquired approximately 2 hours and 21 minutes after liftoff, as expected.
 
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