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Galaxy 7



The Galaxy VII satellite brought C-band and Ku--band services together for the first time on the same spacecraft for American customers of PanAmSat Corp. The spacecraft was a version of the three-axis, body-stabilized HS 601 model built by Hughes Space and Communications Company (HSC). It was launched aboard an Ariane 42P rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. With 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, the satellite offered double the capacity of the satellite it replaced. It was configured to provide coverage to all 50 United States plus the Caribbean basin, with a signal strength of 36 dBW in C-band and 45 dBW in Ku-band across the contiguous US. It was positioned in a geostationary orbit at 91 degrees W and had an expected lifetime of 12 years.

Alternate Names

  • 22205
  • Galaxy7

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1992-10-28
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 42P
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 1683 kg

Funding Agency

  • Pan American Satellite (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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