Intelsat VA F-13

Intelsat VA F-13 or Intelsat 513, then named 'NSS-513', was a communications satellite operated by Intelsat and which was later sold to New Satellite Skies. Launched in 1988, it was the thirteenth of fifteen Intelsat V satellites to be launched. The Intelsat V series was constructed by Ford Aerospace, based on the Intelsat VA satellite bus. Intelsat VA F-13 was part of an advanced series of satellites designed to provide greater telecommunications capacity for Intelsat's global network.

Intelsat VA F-13 → NSS-513
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorIntelsat (1988-1998)
New Satellite Skies (1998-2003)
COSPAR ID1988-040A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.19121
Mission duration7 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
BusIntelsat VA
ManufacturerFord Aerospace
Launch mass1981 kg [1]
Dry mass1098 kg
Dimensions1.66 x 2.1 x 1.77 metres
Power1800 watts
Start of mission
Launch date17 May 1988, 23:58:00 UTC[2]
RocketAriane 2 V23
Launch siteKourou, ELA-1
End of mission
DisposalGraveyard orbit
DeactivatedJuly 2003
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude53.0° West (1988-1995)
177.0° West (1995-2003)
Epoch17 May 1988
Band26 C-band
6 Ku-band
Intelsat V


The satellite was box-shaped, measuring 1.66 by 2.1 by 1.77 metres; solar arrays spanned 15.9 metres tip to tip. The arrays, supplemented by nickel-hydrogen batteries during eclipse, provided 1800 watts of power at mission onset, approximately 1280 watts at the end of its seven-year design life. The payload housed 26 C-band and 6 Ku-band transponders. It could accommodate 15,000 two-way voice circuits and two TV channels simultaneously. It also provided maritime communications for ships at sea.[3]


The satellite was successfully launched into space on 17 May 1988, at 23:58:00 UTC, by means of an Ariane 2 vehicle from the Centre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou, French Guiana. It had a launch mass of 1981 kg.[4] The Intelsat VA F-13 was equipped with 6 Ku-band transponders more 26 C-band transponders for 15,000 audio circuits and two TV channels.


Intelsat 513 was sold to New Satellite Skies on 30 November 1998, and renamed NSS-513. The satellite was deactivated in August 2003.


  1. ^ "Intelsat 5A". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Display: Intelsat 5A F-15 1989-086A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Display: Intelsat 5A F-13 1988-040A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.