Panamsat 6

Launch Time
Fri Aug 08, 1997 06:46 UTC

Flight V98.


Ariane 44P
Image Credit: Arianespace
Status: Retired
Liftoff Thrust: 4,334 kN
Payload to GTO: 3,460 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 58.72 m

Mission Details

Panamsat 6

PanAmSat-6 (PAS-6) provides quality digital television to customers in South America.

The PAS-6 satellite features 36 Ku-band channels, with a total onboard satellite transmitter power greater than 3600 RF watts.

The PAS-6/7/8 spacecraft are based on SS/L's three-axis, body-stabilized SSL-1300 bus.

On 17 March 2004, PAS-6 suffered an anomaly resulting in a loss of power. Following that event, PanAmSat moved the satellite to a storage orbit while the company and SS/L evaluated the problem. On 1 April 2004, this satellite experienced another anomaly and a more significant loss of power. Neither of these losses was anticipated. The satellite was put in a graveyard orbit.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,420.0 kg
Geostationary Transfer Orbit


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



42nd orbital launch attempt


88th mission
6th mission of 1997
83rd successful mission
27th consecutive successful mission

Ariane 4

69th mission
6th mission of 1997
66th successful mission
27th consecutive successful mission