SBS 3 (satellite)

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SBS-3 with PAM-D stage.jpg
SBS 3 with PAM-D stage
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID1982-110B[1]
SATCAT no.13651
Mission duration7 years design life
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerHughes Space and Communications
Launch mass1,117 kilograms (2,463 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date11 November 1982, 12:19 (1982-11-11UTC12:19Z) UTC
RocketSpace Shuttle Columbia STS-5
Launch siteKennedy LC-39A
End of mission
DeactivatedJune 02, 1995 (1995-06-03)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude94° W[2]
Perigee altitude294 kilometres (183 mi)
Apogee altitude37,127 kilometres (23,070 mi)
Period659.1 minutes
EpochNovember 11, 1982
Band14 Ku band

SBS 3 was a geostationary communications satellite designed and manufactured by Hughes (now Boeing) on the HS-376 platform. It was ordered by Satellite Business Systems, which later sold it to Hughes Communications. It had a Ku band payload and operated on the 94°W longitude.[3]

Satellite description[edit]

The spacecraft was designed and manufactured by Hughes on the HS-376 satellite bus. It had a launch mass of 1,117 kg (2,463 lb), a geostationary orbit and a 7-year design life.[4]


On November 11, 1982, SBS 3 was finally launched by a Space Shuttle Columbia in the mission STS-5 from Kennedy Space Center at 12:19 UTC. The satellite was launched along with the Canadian communications satellite Anik C3.

On 2 June 1995, SBS 3 was finally decommissioned and put on a graveyard orbit.[3]


  1. ^ "SBS 3". NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  2. ^ "SBS 3". Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  3. ^ a b Krebs, Gunter Dirk. "SBS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 / HGS 5 - Gunter's Space Page". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  4. ^ "SBS 3". NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive. Retrieved 2017-04-29.

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