Intelsat III F-5
|Mission duration||5 years planned|
Failed to orbit
|Launch mass||293 kilograms (646 lb)|
|BOL mass||151 kilograms (333 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||July 26, 1969, 02:06UTC|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral LC-17A|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||October 14, 1988|
|Perigee||252 kilometers (157 mi)|
|Apogee||1,301 kilometers (808 mi)|
|Epoch||July 26, 1969|
The first of eight Intelsat III satellites to be launched, Intelsat III F-5 was built by TRW. It was a 293-kilogram (646 lb) spacecraft equipped with two transponders to be powered by body-mounted solar cells generating 183 watts of power. It had a design life of five years and carried an SVM-2 apogee motor for propulsion.
Intelsat III F-5 was launched on the maiden flight of the Delta M rocket, flying from Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch took place on July 26, 1969, with the spacecraft bound for a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
Due to a failure in the third phase of the launch process made the satellite not reach the desired orbit.