PAS 6 [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-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.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Contractors:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Equipment:||36 Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|PAS 6||1997-040A||08.08.1997||Ko ELA-2||Ariane-44P H10-3|