Panamsat-2 & Yuri-3N

Launch Time
Fri Jul 08, 1994 23:05 UTC

Flight V65.


Ariane 44L
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 6,000 kN
Payload to GTO: 4,720 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details


The former PanAmSat Corporation founded in 1984 by Reynold (Rene) Anselmo, was a satellite service provider headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. It operated a fleet of communications satellites used by the entertainment industry, news agencies, internet service providers, government agencies, and telecommunication companies.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,920.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


The BS-3 or Yuri 3 satellites were a series of Japanese direct broadcasting satellites.

The BS-3 were launched to replace the broadcasting services of the BS-2, responding to growing broadcasting needs while developing technologies for more advanced broadcasting satellites. They were used for broadcasting and test broadcasting with high-definition television. In 1993, the program was spun off from NASDA to the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation of Tokyo (B-SAT).

The satellites were based on GE Astro's AS-3000 bus and carried an NEC-built broadcasting payload consisting of three active high-power Ku-band transponders with three spares.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,100.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


ELA-2, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, France



43rd orbital launch attempt


56th mission
3rd mission of 1994
52nd successful mission
2nd consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

37th mission
3rd mission of 1994
35th successful mission
2nd consecutive successful mission