Intelsat IV F-3
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID1971-116A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.05709
Mission duration7 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerHughes Communications
Launch mass1,515 kilograms (3,340 lb)
BOL mass825 kilograms (1,819 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateDecember 20, 1971, 01:10:04 (1971-12-20UTC01:10:04Z) UTC[1]
RocketAtlas SLV-3D Centaur-D
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-36A
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric[2]
Perigee altitude35,649 kilometers (22,151 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude36,645 kilometers (22,770 mi)[2]
Period1,454.6 minutes[2]
EpochDecember 20, 1971[2]
Band12 IEEE C-band
Bandwidth40 MHz
Intelsat IV

Intelsat IV F-3 was a geostationary communication satellite built by Hughes and owned by Intelsat. The satellite was based on the HS-353 platform and its estimated useful life was 7 years.


The Intelsat IV F-3 was part of the Intelsat IV 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 December 21, 1971, by means of an Atlas-Centaur vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, United States. It had a launch mass of 1,515 kg.[3]

See also


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. "INTELSAT 4 F-3". NSSDC Master Catalog. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. Intelsat-4A. Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 21 April 2017.