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This spacecraft, built by RCA, was American Satellite Company's first dedicated spacecraft. It was used to continue the company's business communications services, operating at frequencies in both Ku-band and C-band. This was the first U.S. commercial communications satellite to use encrypted cammand links to prevent potential hostile interference. The spacecraft and its payload assist module (PAM) were spun up and ejected from the payload bay. Operating position for the satellite is at 81 degrees W longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 15994
  • ASC1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1985-08-29
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 1271 kg

Funding Agency

  • GTE/GTE Spacenet (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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