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Galaxy 3R



Galaxy 3R, operated by PanAmSat corporation, was used to provide video and telecommunications services throughout the United States. The satellite's Ku-band capacity could also be switched to provide coverage of Latin America. The satellite was a version of the three-axis, body-stabilized HS 601 model built by Hughes Space and Communications Company (HSC).

Galaxy 3R replaced the smaller, C-band-only Galaxy 3 spacecraft, an HS 376 model also built by HSC. It carried 24 C-band transponders for coverage of the 50 United States, primarily for distribution of video programming. The 24 Ku-band transponders were used for telecommunications services and for direct-to-home television services. The coverage area of the Ku-band payload was switchable, so initially those transponders were used by Galaxy Latin America to deliver DIRECTV programming to Latin America and the Caribbean. With the deployment of Galaxy 8i in early 1998, Galaxy 3R's Ku-band coverage area was switched to the US.

Galaxy 3R was one of 5 HS 601 and HS 601HP (for high-power) model satellites ordered for the Galaxy fleet, primarily to replace spacecraft reaching the end of their service lives. PanAmSat merged with Hughes Communications Galaxy in 1997, making the combined PAS/Gaxaly fleet the largest owned and operated by a commercial company.

Alternate Names

  • 23741
  • Galaxy3R

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1995-12-15
Launch Vehicle: Atlas 2A
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 2980 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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