Intelsat 7 Series (701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706A, 707A, 709,)
(to Western Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere, Footprints by Dish Size)

This page was originally on the Intelsat website however they scrapped it when
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The INTELSAT 7 Satellites
Launch of the INTELSAT VII/VII-A series has been completed. Except for INTELSAT 708, all INTELSAT spacecraft were launched successfully. As of 1 June 1998, Four INTELSAT VII-VII/A satellites are in service in the Atlantic Ocean Region (AOR), one in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), and two in the Pacific Ocean Region (POR). The INTELSAT VII-VII/A spacecraft are in service at the following locations:
INTELSAT 701 @ 180°E POR
INTELSAT 702 @ 177°E POR
INTELSAT 705 @ 342°E AOR
INTELSAT 706 @ 307°E AOR
INTELSAT 707 @ 359°E AOR
INTELSAT 709 @ 310°E AOR
INTELSAT VII: 18,000 two-way telephone circuits and three TV channels; up to 90,000 two-way telephone circuits with the use of digital circuit multiplication equipment (DCME).
INTELSAT VII-A: 22,500 two-way telephone circuits and three TV channels; up to 112,500 two-way telephone circuits with the use of DCME.
10-15 years, depending on the launch vehicle.
Launch Vehicles
Arianespace Ariane 44LP, Ariane 44P
Martin Marietta Commercial Launch Services Atlas II AS
China Great Wall Industry Corporation Long March 3B
Spacecraft Launch Vehicle Launch Date Launch Result
701 Ariane 44 LP 22 October 1993 Success
702 Ariane 44 LP 17 June 1994 Success
704 Atlas II AS 10 January 1995 Success
705 Atlas II AS 22 March 1995 Success
706 Ariane 44 LP 17 May 1995 Success
707 Ariane 44 P 14 March 1996 Success
708 Long March 3B 14 February 1996 Launch Vehicle Failure
709 Ariane 44 P 15 June 1996 Success
C-band Transponders 26 26
Ku-band Transponders 10 14
Total 36 40
The INTELSAT VII/VII-A series of satellites are a powerful, versatile fleet of spacecraft that are deployed in all INTELSAT service areas. Design of the series focused on the special requirements of the Pacific Ocean Region, but the satellites have unique features facilitating operation in the other ocean regions as well. Optimization for operation with smaller earth stations, efficient use of capacity, and digital operation were key goals in development of the series. Other enhancements incorporated in the design include: command security; improved reliability; and improved ability to operate in inclined orbit.
One of the most important new features to be introduced with the INTELSAT VII/VII-A satellites is the real-time ability to reconfigure the satellite's coverage capabilities in-orbit, in response to changing traffic patterns and service requirements.
  • Three independently steerable, high powered, Ku-band spot beams offering a total of ten transponders that can be individually assigned on an as needed basis.
  • An independently steerable C-band spot beam capable of switching up to six global transponders to dual polarized, independently steerable C-band spot coverage.
  • Switchable C-band zone coverage permitting assignment of capacity for coverage of Northwest or Southeast areas and Northeast or Southwest areas.
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