Second heaviest equatorial satellite launched into space at 650 kg
Operated by O3b Networks Ltd. of United Kingdom, O3b FM09 is a commercial satellite launched for the purpose of communications.
Delivered via Soyuz-ST-B (launch vehicle) from Guiana Space Center, it was launched into space on 18 December 2014 and orbits the Earth as a equatorial MEO satellite. O3b FM09 was constructed by Thales Alenia Space (France).
O3b FM09 has a launch mass of 650 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2014-083D and NORAD ID 40351.
Using its self-produced usable power of 1500 watts, O3b FM09 takes 288 minutes to orbit the Earth. The satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 8,063km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 8,068km. Its orbit has an eccentricity of 1.73E-04.