Intelsat V F-5
Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID1982-097A [1]
SATCAT no.13595
Mission duration7 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
BusIntelsat V
ManufacturerFord Aerospace
Launch mass1928 kg
Dry mass1012 kg
Dimensions1.66 x 2.1 x 1.77 metres
Power1800 watts
Start of mission
Launch date28 September 1982,
23:17:00 UTC [2]
RocketAtlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR (AC-60)
Launch siteCCAFS, LC-36B
ContractorGeneral Dynamics
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
DeactivatedAugust 1999
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude63.0° East (1982-1992)
66.0° East (1992-1994)
65.0° East (1994-1996)
33.0° East (1996-1997)
72.0° East (1997-1999)
Epoch28 September 1982
Band21 C-band
4 Ku-band
Intelsat V

Intelsat V F-5 was a communications satellite operated by COMSAT. Launched in 1982, it was the fifth of fifteen Intelsat V satellites to be launched. The Intelsat V series was constructed by Ford Aerospace, based on the Intelsat V satellite bus. Intelsat V F-5 was part of an advanced series of satellites designed to provide greater telecommunications capacity for Intelsat's global network.


The Intelsat V F-5 satellite was box-shaped, measuring 1.66 by 2.1 by 1.77 metres; solar arrays spanned 15.9 metres tip to tip. The arrays, supplemented by nickel-hydrogen batteries during eclipse, provided 1800 watts of power. The payload housed 21 C-band and 4 Ku-band transponders. It could accommodate 15,000 two-way voice circuits and two TV channels simultaneously. It had a launch mass of 1928 kg. It also carried a Maritime Communications Services (MCS) package for INMARSAT.[3] It cost $87 million (equivalent to $274,680,000 in 2023) and was the 32nd satellite launched by Intelsat.[4] The satellite was deactivated in August 1999.


The Intelsat V F-5 satellite was successfully launched into space on 28 September 1982 at 23:17:00 UTC, by means of an Atlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States.[5] The launch was originally scheduled for the night of 23 September 1982 but was postponed to 28 October due to a power supply failure in another, identical, satellite.[6][7] It was launched on 28 September after engineers found the issue was not caused by a design flaw in the satellite.[7] The launch window was from 19:08–21:03 EST.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Display: Intelsat 5 F-5 1982-097A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Display: Intelsat 5A F-15 1989-086A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Intelsat V satellite launched". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. Associated Press. 29 September 1982. p. 9. Retrieved 16 August 2023 – via
  5. ^ "INTELSAT 505". TSE. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Satellite Launch Rescheduled". Naples Daily News. Vol. 60, no. 54. Associated Press. 24 September 1982. p. 2B. Retrieved 16 August 2023 – via
  7. ^ a b Adams, Peter (29 September 1982). "Intelsat 5 hurtles to space". Florida Today. Retrieved 16 August 2023 – via
  8. ^ "Next Space Shot". Florida Today. 27 September 1982. p. 1A. Retrieved 16 August 2023 – via