Mexican satellite "Morelos 3" is launched

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

Today at 05:28 hours, it was reported that Mexican satellite "Morelos 3", manufactured by Boeing was launchedfrom Cape Canaveral in Florida by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

The satellite traveled aboard an Atlas-V423 rocket, considered to be the launcher with the highest percentage of consecutive successful missions, with a total of 56 launches. The satellite will start operating within 10 months and aims to send emergency alerts in addition to support during natural disasters.

Morelos 3

According to Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the satellite was released at a height of 4 thousand 790 kilometers above the surface of the earth at approximately 08:49 hours and it will move with its own fuel for 13 days until reach a height of 36,000 kilometers to settle later in the orbital position of 113 degrees West Longitude above the Ecuador.

The secretary of the SCyT, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, commented, quoted in a CNN article, that "This satellite will give Mexicans a better satellite service to remote locations, where communication usually fails."

The satellite weighs 5.3 tons and it will operate in the frequency band "L-Band" which features optimal technical conditions for mobile communications between people, land, sea and air transport across devices or terminals for satellite use, and it will have a useful life of approximately 15 years.

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