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Heeding the call for large-capacity, high-speed communications capable of satisfying the many increasingly diversified needs in the commercial communications satellite market, Mitsubishi Electric developed the DS2000 standard satellite platform. Decades of participation in satellite projects and the successful results thereof have fostered a wealth of satellite technology within the company, and concerted R&D efforts in the field have brought Mitsubishi Electric to the forefront of the industry. Utilizing the latest design methods and manufacturing/test facilities, we are capable of ensuring that the DS2000 offers optimum reliability.

The DS2000 platform was developed based on a design originally created for the DRTS and ETS-VIII platforms through development by JAXA. After winning an international bid competition for the MTSAT-2, a Japanese commercial satellite launched in 2006, the company incorporated evolutionary changes to match the requirements for standard commercial communications satellites and introduced the DS2000.

An original program management system developed based on Mitsubishi Electric’s years of experience in the communications satellite business allows customers to access design data and processes and request changes during development, production and testing. This high level of visibility ensures that each platform is tailored to exact requirements and is completed in time to meet the delivery schedule, thus allowing the DS2000 to meet the needs of communications satellite operators around the world.

Distinctive Features
  • Highly reliable design and production based upon rich experience derived from participation in more than 280 satellite projects worldwide.
  • Capable of providing an output of up to 15 kW, satisfying the power requirements for powerful and multiple communications transponders.
  • Flexible design matches various applications including hybrid communications payloads.
Satellite Power Up to 15 kW
Launch Mass 5,000 kg
Transponders 72 (nominal)
Life 15 yr
Launch Vehicle H2-A, ARIANE-V, DELTA-IV, ATLAS-5, Sea Launch, etc.
Electrical Power System 100 V regulated dual bus with high-efficiency silicon, multijunction GaAs solar array and NiH2 or Li-Ion batteries
Onboard Control System Attitude control, data handling and satellite management
Attitude Control Controlled bias momentum or zero momentum with satellite controller (SC) and four skew reaction wheels
Telemetry Tracking & Command 1553B interface with SC
Structure Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, central cylinder type
Thermal Control Heat pipe embedded payload panel, OSR, blanket and heater
Propulsion IIntegrated Bi-propellant with apogee and attitude control thrusters
Ion engine is available
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