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Three of the most powerful broadcast satellites ever launched that are capable of direct-to-home (DTH) service are providing DTH programming to millions of consumers of PanAmSat. They were designed and built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

PanAmSat-6 (PAS-6) provides quality digital television to customers in South America.

The PAS-6 satellite features 36 Ku-band channels, with a total on-board satellite transmitter power greater than 3600 RF watts.

The PAS-6/7/8 spacecraft are based on SS/L's three-axis, body-stabilized SSL-1300 bus.

On 17 March 2004, PAS-6 suffered an anomaly resulting in a loss of power. Following that event, PanAmSat moved the satellite to a storage orbit while the company and SS/L evaluated the problem. On 1 April 2004, this satellite experienced another anomaly and more significant loss of power. Neither of these losses was anticipated. The satellite was put in graveyard orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: PanAmSat
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: 36 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: SSL-1300
Propulsion: R-4D-11
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 3420 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PAS 6 1997-040A 08.08.1997 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44P H10-3


  • Space Systems/Loral: PAS 6
Further PAS missions: