SBS 3 (satellite)

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]

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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

Satellite descriptionEdit

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]

See alsoEdit


  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.