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Galaxy 1, 1R, 1R2, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9

Galaxy 1
[Boeing BSS]

The Galaxy 376 satellites were built in the 1980s and 1990s by Hughes Space and Communications Company, incorporating new technologies as they became available. Originally ordered by Hughes Communications, Inc., the Galaxy fleet transferred to PanAmSat Corporation ownership in May 1997, when PanAmSat and Hughes Communications Galaxy merged. The new company is the worlds largest private satellite owner/operator.

The spacecraft are used for general communications services, such as television relay, voice and data. Galaxy I-R, V and IX are dedicated to cable television transmission across the United States. The fleet's ground control station is in Long Beach, California, with telemetry and command terminals in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Fillmore, Calif.

The apogee motor, which placed the satellite in near-synchronous orbit above the equator, was a Thiokol Star-30 class solid propellant rocket motor.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Hughes Communications, Inc. → PanAmSat
Contractors: Hughes
Equipment: 24 (+6) C-band transponders
Configuration: HS-376
Propulsion: Star-30B (#1, 2, 3), Star-30BP (#6), Star-30C (#1R, 1R2, 5, 9)
Power: Solar cells (body mounted and drop-skirt), batteries
Mass: 1200 kg (#1, 2, 3), 1397 kg (#1R, 1R2, 5, 6, 9)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Galaxy 1 1983-065A 28.06.1983 CC LC-17B Delta-3920 PAM-D
Galaxy 1R 1992-F02 22.08.1992 CC LC-36B F Atlas-1
Galaxy 1R2 1994-013A 19.02.1994 CC LC-17B Delta-7925-8
Galaxy 2 1983-098A 22.09.1983 CC LC-17A Delta-3920 PAM-D
Galaxy 3 1984-101A 21.09.1984 CC LC-17B Delta-3920 PAM-D
Galaxy 5 1992-013A 14.03.1992 CC LC-36B Atlas-1
Galaxy 6 (ex Westar 6S) 1990-091B 12.10.1990 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44L H10 with SBS 6
Galaxy 9 1996-033A 24.05.1996 CC LC-17B Delta-7925


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