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Intelsat IVA F-3

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Intelsat IVA F-3
Intelsat IVA F-3 before launch.
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID1978-002A[1]
SATCAT no.10557[2]
Mission duration7 years design life
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerHughes Space and Communications
Launch mass1,515 kilograms (3,340 lb)
BOL mass825 kilograms (1,819 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateJanuary 07, 1978, 00:15 (1978-01-07UTC00:15Z) UTC
RocketAtlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-36B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee altitude602 kilometres (374 mi)
Apogee altitude36,418 kilometres (22,629 mi)
Inclination21.8 degrees
Period651.3 minutes
EpochJanuary 07, 1978
Band20 IEEE C-band (NATO G/H-band)
Intelsat IVA

Intelsat IVA F-3 was a geostationary communication satellite built by Hughes, it was owned by Intelsat. The satellite was based on the HS-353 platform and its estimated useful life was 7 years.


The Intelsat IVA F-3 was part of the Intelsat IVA series which consisted of 6 satellites, of which five were successfully placed into orbit. All five satellites in the series were retired and operated an average of almost 4 years beyond their life expectancies. The satellite antenna allowed coverage from the land masses on both sides of the Atlantic basin with four point beams and had sufficient insulation between the east beams and the western beams that used the same frequencies in the east and west. The separation of the beam by directional antenna allowed this dual use of the frequency, significantly increasing the capacity of satellite communication within an assigned frequency range. Although the initial requirement Intelsat VAT series was only for the Atlantic service, but also was given special attention during the project to provide service on the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

The satellite had 20 transponders (individual radio transmitters) compared to 12 on board each Intelsat IV satellite. It had a total height of 22 feet, 11 inches (7.01 meters) and a diameter of 7 feet, 9 inches (2.38 meters). The solar panels, covered with about 17,000 solar cells, provided primary energy of 600 Watts. The weight of the satellite, which had an orbiting life project of 7 years, was about £3335 (1,515 kg).

The satellite was successfully launched into space on January 07, 1978, by means of an Atlas-Centaur vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States. It had a launch mass of 1,515 kg.[3]

See also


  1. ^ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. INTELSAT 4A F-3. NSSDC Master Catalog. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ INTELSAT 4A-F3 Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. Intelsat-4A. Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
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