QuetzSat 1
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2011-054A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.37826Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass5,514 kilograms (12,156 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date29 September 2011, 18:32 (2011-09-29UTC18:32Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude77° West
Perigee altitude35,774 kilometres (22,229 mi)
Apogee altitude35,797 kilometres (22,243 mi)
Inclination0.06 degrees
Period1,436.04 minutes
Epoch14 October 2011[2]
Band32 Ku band

QuetzSat 1 is a Mexican high-power geostationary communications satellite which is operated by the Mexican operator QuetzSat (a joint venture of SES S. A., formerly in its full name Société Européenne des Satellites, of Luxembourg, and Grupo Medcom of Mexico, of the Serna family) [1] It is positioned in geostationary orbit, and located at 77° West, from where it provides direct broadcasting services to United States and a part of Mexico for Dish Mexico.[3][4]

QuetzSat 1 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. It is equipped with 32 Ku band transponder and at launch it had a mass of 5,514 kilograms (12,156 lb). It has a design life of fifteen years.[5] QuetzSat 1 is part of the SES satellite fleet.[6]


QuetzSat 1 was launched by International Launch Services using a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M upper stage from site 200 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 18:32 UTC on 29 September 2011.[7] The launch successfully placed QuetzSat 1 into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, making it the 49th comsat of the SES S. A. satellite fleet.[6][8]

Technical specs

See also


  1. ^ a b QuetzSat press release Archived 2011-12-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ ILS Proton to launch QuetzSat 1.
  4. ^ a b QuetzSat on NASA's NSSDC.
  5. ^ QuetzSat info on SS/Loral.
  6. ^ a b SES Fleet and Coverage Archived 2011-11-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Proton-M successfully launches QuetzSat 1.
  8. ^ QuetzSat 1 roars into space on board Proton.