Intelsat 706
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID1995-023A[1]
SATCAT no.23571
Mission duration15 years design life
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass4,180 kilograms (9,220 lb)
Dry mass1,450 kilograms (3,200 lb)
Dimensions2.7 by 2.2 by 2.45 metres (8.9 ft × 7.2 ft × 8.0 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date17 May 1995, 06:34 (1995-05-17UTC06:34Z) UTC[2]
RocketAriane 44 LP H10-3
Launch siteKourou ELA-2
End of mission
DeactivatedNovember 2014 (2014-12)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude157° E
Perigee altitude36,126 kilometres (22,448 mi)[3]
Apogee altitude36,138 kilometres (22,455 mi)[3]
Period1,454.0 minutes[4]
EpochApril 27, 2017[4][3]
Band26 C band
14 Ku band
Intelsat VII

Intelsat 706 (also known as IS-706 and Intelsat 7-F6) is a geostationary communication satellite that was built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL). It is located in the orbital position of 157 degrees east longitude and it is currently in an inclined orbit. The same is owned by Intelsat. The satellite was based on the LS-1300 platform and its estimated useful life was 15 years.[5]

The satellite was successfully launched into space on May 17, 1995,[5] at 06:34, using an Ariane 4 vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana.[5] It had a launch mass of 4,180 kg.

The Intelsat 706 is equipped with 26 transponders in C band and 10 in Ku band to provide broadcasting, business-to-home services and telecommunications. It was positioned over the Atlantic Ocean and has the transponder capacity to relay 110,000 telephone calls simultaneously.[6]


Location in orbit


C band

Polarization: circular R/L

Ku band

See also


  1. ^ NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. "Intelsat 706". NSSDC Master Catalog. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "INTELSAT 706". Heavens Above. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "INTELSAT 706". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter. "Intelsat-7A (706, 707, 708)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Intelsat 706 - Satellite details". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017.