Luch-5B Arrives at Orbital Slot

December 15, 2012  - By

The second Russian SBAS satellite, Luch-5B, has now been positioned at its designated orbital slot of 16 degrees west longitude. The satellite had been in a drift orbit since its launch on November 2 at 21:04:00 UTC along with the domestic communications satellite Yamal-300K.

Tracking data from NORAD/JSpOC showed Luch-5B arriving at its geostationary position by about December 13. The footprint of the satellite is shown below with the elevation-angle contours at 30-degree intervals.

Luch-5B is expected to use PRN code 125.

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