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PAS 7 → Intelsat 7

PAS 7 [SSL]

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-7 (PAS-7), located over the Indian Ocean, provides coverage to China, India, the Middle East, South Africa, and Europe.

PAS-7 has 30 Ku-band channels at 100 Watts and 14 C-band channels at 50 Watts. The PAS-6/7/8 spacecraft are based on SS/L's three-axis, body-stabilized SSL-1300 bus.

Intelsat changed the name of the PAS satellites to Intelsat effective to 1. February 2007.

PAS-7 experienced a sudden reduction of approximately 25 percent of its power capacity because a technical difficulty with one of the spacecraft's solar arrays. The incident took place on 6 September 2001 when the spacecraft came out of eclipse. Services for all existing customers on the satellite have not been affected.

The satellite was retired in 2016 and was moved into a graveyard orbit above the geostationary belt.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: PanAmSat
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: 30 Ku-band transponders, 14 C-band transponders
Configuration: SSL-1300
Propulsion: R-4D-11
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 3838 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PAS 7 → Intelsat 7 1998-052A 16.09.1998 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44LP H10-3

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