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PAS 1 [RCA Astro]

PAS 1 (PanAmSat 1) was the first, privately owened, international telecommunication satellite.

The satellite was built on the RCA Astro AS-3000 bus and featured a payload consisting of 12 C-band and 6 Ku-band transponders. It was originally built for Contel as ASC 3, but purchased before launch.

After launch on the first Ariane-44LP H10, it was located at 45 West longitude, serving the Americas market. It was decommissioned in 2001 and sent to a graveyard orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: PanAmSat
Contractors: RCA Astro
Equipment: 12 C-band transponders, 6 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: AS-3000
Propulsion: Star-30C
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 10 years
Mass: 1220 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PAS 1 (ex ASC 3) 1988-051C 15.06.1988 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44LP H10 with Meteosat 3, AMSAT P3C
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