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Panamsat 6
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorPanAmSat (1997-2004)
COSPAR ID1997-040A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.24891
Mission duration15 years (planned)
7 years (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSSL 1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass3,420 kg (7,540 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date8 August 1997, 06:46:00 UTC
RocketAriane 44P H10-3 (V98)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2
Entered serviceOctober 1997
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
DeactivatedApril 2004
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[1]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude45° West
Band36 Ku-band
Coverage areaSouth America, Brazil
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PAS-5 →

PAS-6 was a communications satellite owned by PanAmSat and serving the South America market.

Satellite description

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.[2]


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.[2]


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.[2]


  1. ^ "PAS 6". Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "PAS 6". Gunter's Space Page. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2021.