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Satcom K3, K4

Intelsat K (formerly Satcom K4) [Intelsat]

The Satcom K3 and K4 DTH satellites were ordered by RCA, later GE, for the United States company Crimson Satellite.

In 1989, about two years before launch, Crimson dropped its plans for United States domestic service. and two partially built satellites were sold. One became Astra 1B. the other Intelsat K.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: RCA Satcom → GE Satcom
Contractors: RCA Astro
Equipment: 16 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: AS-5000
Propulsion: 2 × LEROS-1 (#3); 2 × TR-306 (#4)
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~ 2600 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Satcom K3 - not launched CCK LC-39 Shuttle [PAM-D2] ? Astra 1B
Satcom K4 - not launched Intelsat K
Further Satcom missions: