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Intelsat IVA F-4
Intelsat IVA F-4
Mission type Communications
Operator Intelsat
COSPAR ID1977-041A [1]
SATCAT no.10024 [2]
Mission duration7 years (design life)
Spacecraft properties
Bus HS-353
Manufacturer Hughes Space and Communications
Launch mass1,515 kilograms (3,340 lb)
BOL mass825 kilograms (1,819 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateMay 26, 1977, 21:47:01 (1977-05-26UTC21:47:01Z) UTC
Rocket Atlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC-36A
Contractor NASA
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Perigee altitude35,346 kilometres (21,963 mi)
Apogee altitude35,755 kilometres (22,217 mi)
Inclination0.28 degrees
Period1,425 minutes
EpochMay 26, 1977
Band20 IEEE C-band (NATO G/ H-band)
Intelsat IVA

Intelsat IVA F-4 was a geostationary communication satellite built by Hughes, it was owned by Intelsat. The satellite was based on the HS-353 platform and its estimated useful life was 7 years.


The Intelsat IVA F-4 was part of the Intelsat IVA series which consisted of 6 satellites, of which five were successfully placed into orbit. All five satellites in the series were retired and operated an average of almost 4 years beyond their life expectancies. The satellite antenna allowed coverage from the land masses on both sides of the Atlantic basin with four point beams and had sufficient insulation between the east beams and the western beams that used the same frequencies in the east and west. The separation of the beam by directional antenna allowed this dual use of the frequency, significantly increasing the capacity of satellite communication within an assigned frequency range. Although the initial requirement Intelsat VAT series was only for the Atlantic service, but also was given special attention during the project to provide service on the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

The satellite had 20 transponders (individual radio transmitters) compared to 12 on board each Intelsat IV satellite. It had a total height of 22 feet 11 inches (6.99 meters) and a diameter of 7 feet 9 inches (2.36 meters). The solar panels, covered with about 17,000 solar cells, provided primary energy of 600 Watts. The weight of the satellite, which had an orbiting life project of 7 years, was about 3,335 pounds (1,513 kg).

The satellite was successfully launched into space on May 26, 1977, by means of an Atlas-Centaur vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. It had a launch mass of 1,515 kg. [3]

See also


  1. ^ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. INTELSAT 4A F-4. NSSDC Master Catalog. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ INTELSAT 4A-F4 Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. Intelsat-4A. Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 April 2017.