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11.27.2002
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
PanAmSat launches new KU-band satellite



Galaxy IIIC takes over for Galaxy IIIR and Galaxy VIIIi, which will continue to provide partial services at 95 degrees west longitude.

There is a new bird operating at 95 degrees West longitude, serving across North America, South America and the Caribbean. PanAmSat has launched a new KU-band satellite, the Galaxy IIIC operation. The company said that approximately 70 percent of the transponders on spacecrafts were already under contract with customers.

Launched on June 15, 2002, Galaxy IIIC is a Boeing 702-model satellite containing 24 C-band and 52 Ku-band transponders. Galaxy IIIC takes over for Galaxy IIIR and Galaxy VIIIi, which will continue to provide partial services at 95 degrees West longitude.

DirecTV Latin America, which was also transitioned from Galaxy VIIIi, will use the satellite's extended Ku-band payload for distribution of its Direct-To-Home programming. PanAmSat's fleet has an average remaining life of more than nine years.

For more information visit www.panamsat.com.

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