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Westar 3



The WESTAR spacecraft was part of the first domestic communications satellite system. The prime mission objective was to place a communications spacecraft is geostationary orbit. WESTAR-C weighed 287.8 kg and had the capability for relaying 12 color TV channels or up to 14,400 voice channels throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Alternate Names

  • 11484
  • Westar3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1979-08-10
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 287.8 kg

Funding Agency

  • Hughes Communications, Inc. (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Robert J. GossProject ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mr. W. ZieglerProject ScientistWestern Union Corporation
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