The nine high-powered Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) spacecraft of the Intelsat 7/7A program, which provide global dissemination of voice, video, and data transmission services, have been launched and are in orbit.
The Intelsat 7 communications payload architecture evolved from SS/L's Intelsat-5 series and consists of two independent communications subsystems, which can be cross-strapped and operate at C-band (4/6 GHz) and Ku-band (11/14 GHz). Total end-of-life solar array transmitter power generated by an Intelsat 7 is 3600 watts.
The Intelsat 7 spacecraft are based on SS/L's three-axis, body-stabilized LS-1300 bus, whose modular design has proven its worth during some 290 years of cumulative on-orbit service, close to one-half of the total of 650 years amassed by SS/L satellites to date.
SS/L's team members for the successful Intelsat 7 programs were Aerospatiale and Alcatel Telcom of France, Alenia, Italy, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) and NEC of Japan.
|Nation:||International, Netherlands (NSS)|
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Intelsat / New Skies (NSS)|
|Contractors:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Equipment:||26 C-band transponders, 10 Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Intelsat 701||22.10.1993||Ko ELA-2||Ariane-44LP H10|
|Intelsat 702||17.06.1994||Ko ELA-2||Ariane-44LP H10+||with STRV 1A, STRV 1B|
|Intelsat 703 → NSS 703||06.10.1994||CC LC-36B||Atlas-2AS|
|Intelsat 704||10.01.1995||CC LC-36B||Atlas-2AS|
|Intelsat 705||22.03.1995||CC LC-36B||Atlas-2AS|
|Intelsat 709||15.06.1996||Ko ELA-2||Ariane-44P H10-3|
Further Intelsat missions: