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Intelsat V F-2

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Intelsat V F-2 → Intelsat 502
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorCOMSAT / Intelsat
COSPAR ID1980-098A [1]
SATCAT no.12089
Mission duration7 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
BusIntelsat V
ManufacturerFord Aerospace
Launch mass1928 kg
Dry mass1012 kg
Dimensions1.66 x 2.1 x 1.77 metres
Start of mission
Launch date6 December 1980, 23:31:00 UTC
RocketAtlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR (AC-54)
Launch siteCCAFS, LC-36B
ContractorGeneral Dynamics
Entered service1800 watts
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
Deactivated14 April 1998
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude21.5° West (1980-1994)
40.5° West (1994-1998)
Epoch6 December 1980
Band21 C-band
4 Ku-band
Intelsat V

Intelsat V F-2, then named Intelsat 502, was a communications satellite operated by COMSAT. Launched in 1980, it was the first of fifteen Intelsat V satellites to be launched. The Intelsat V series was constructed by Ford Aerospace, based on the Intelsat V satellite bus. Intelsat V F-2 was part of an advanced series of satellites designed to provide greater telecommunications capacity for INTELSAT's global network.


The satellite was box-shaped, measuring 1.66 by 2.1 by 1.77 metres; solar arrays spanned 15.9 metres tip to tip. The arrays, supplemented by nickel-hydrogen batteries during an eclipse, provided 1800 watts of power at mission onset of its seven-year design life. The payload housed 21 C-band and 4 Ku-band transponders. It could accommodate 15,000 two-way voice circuits and two TV channels simultaneously. It had a launch mass of 1928 kg.[2] In December 1992, the satellite enabled a direct link between United States and the Somalia. The satellite was deactivated on 14 April 1998.[3]


The satellite was successfully launched into space on 6 December 1980, at 23:31:00 UTC, by means of an Atlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States.


  1. ^ "Intelsat 5 F-2 1980-098A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Display: Intelsat 5A F-15 1989-086A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Satellite V F-2". 31 May 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
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