Most Equatorial satellites are launched for commercial use (71.1%) and for the purpose of communications (57.9%).
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Apogee, Perigee & Period
Highlights on some of the commercial satellites:
Heaviest satellite launched by Singapore into space at 400 kg
A commercial satellite, TeLEOS 1 is operated by AgilSpace of Singapore for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).
Constructed by ST Electronics Ltd. (Singapore), it was launched into space on 16 December 2015 using PSLV C29 as the launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. TeLEOS 1 orbits around the Earth as a equatorial LEO satellite.
With a launch mass of 400kg, TeLEOS 1 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 5 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2015-077D and NORAD ID 41169.
With an orbital eccentricity of 1.08E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 535km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 550km. It takes 96 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 15 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.
Second heaviest equatorial satellite launched into space at 650 kg
A commercial satellite, O3b FM09 is operated by O3b Networks Ltd. of United Kingdom for the purpose of communications.
Constructed by Thales Alenia Space (France), it was launched into space on 18 December 2014 using Soyuz-ST-B as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center. O3b FM09 orbits around the Earth as a equatorial MEO satellite.
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.
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