|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
7 years (achieved)
|Spacecraft type||SSL 1300|
|Launch mass||3,420 kg (7,540 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||8 August 1997, 06:46:00 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 44P H10-3 (V98)|
|Launch site||Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2|
|Entered service||October 1997|
|End of mission|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||South America, Brazil|
PAS-6 was a communications satellite owned by PanAmSat and serving the South America market.
PAS-6 was constructed by Space Systems/Loral, based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. It had a mass at launch of 3,420 kg (7,540 lb). Designed for an operational life of 15 years, the spacecraft was equipped with 36 Ku-band transponders.
Arianespace launched PAS-6, using an Ariane 4 launch vehicle, flight number V98, in the Ariane 44P H10-3 configuration. The launch took place from ELA-2 at the Centre Spatial Guyanais, at Kourou in French Guiana, on 8 August 1997, at 06:46:00 UTC.
On 17 March 2004, PAS-6 suffered an anomaly resulting in a loss of power. Then PanAmSat moved the satellite to a storage orbit while the PanAmSat and SS/L evaluated the problem. On 1 April 2004, this satellite experienced another anomaly and more significant loss of power. PAS-6 was put in graveyard orbit.