Belarus post issued special stamp commemorating the launch of the first modern Belarusian communications satellite Belintersat 1.
Belintersat-1 is a deployed geostationary telecommunications satellite, manufactured by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and Thales Alenia Space for the Belarusian government.
The launch of the satellite took place in January 15, 2016 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (People’s Republic of China).
Belarusian communications satellite Belintersat 1
About Belintersat project
The new satellite operator of the Republic of Belarus was established by the government for the purpose of creating a modern satellite communication and broadcasting infrastructure throughout the country and abroad.
The creation of the National System of Satellite Communication and Broadcast is the largest project in the field of telecommunications, implemented by the Republic of Belarus.
The project is of high innovative, economic, social and political importance to the country.The decision to launch its own communications satellite was taken at the highest state level.
A closed tender was announced for this project, which was won by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation.
BELINTERSAT-1 capacity and infrastructure
The Belarusian communications satellite Belintersat 1 was launched on January 15, 2016 at 7: 57pm Minsk time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (China).
The BELINTERSAT-1 satellite is placed at the orbital position 51.5 ° east and it will provide a full range of advanced satellite services in Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as ensure global coverage in the Eastern Hemisphere.
After a three-month period of in-orbit testing, BELINTERSAT-1 began providing telecommunications services in C- and Ku-bands.
The satellite is designed for a 15-year lifespan with 20 C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders, of which four of the Ku-band transponders are 54MHz instead of 36MHz.
Now Belintersat is preparing to provide advanced satellite telecommunications services for Belarus and international markets.
The strategy of the new project includes the creation and support of the world telecom and broadband markets based on modern communication technologies that will enable all the customers to reach a much higher level of communication opportunities throughout the territory of Europe, Africa and Asia.
The development of the project aims at the international market entry, among the other leading broadcasters, followed by active commercialization of the satellite capacity, as well as TV content and internet TV services.
Among the different partners, Belintersat works closely with Gilat Satellite Networks of Israel, and iDirect based in the United States.
While the Republic of Belarus has invested heavily in Belintersat, it created the project to function as a commercial entity.
The project gained direct state support because of the highly evident commercial applications and export potential it had. The company is protected by the state and provided with government guarantees.
The Belintersat Project will seek to provide services such as Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) connectivity, Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcasting, distribution, and IP-Trunking to customers based on their needs.
Furthermore, after BELINTERSAT-1, the organization shapes to build out a constellation of satellites, leveraging international partnerships to become a force in the global market, providing broadcast and telecommunication services worldwide.
Thus, the Belintersat Project is aimed at the prospect of a deployed satellite communications system.
Title: Belarusian communications satellite Belintersat 1
Date of Issue: 12 April 2016