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Intelsat 502


Designation 12089 / 80098A
Launch date 6 Dec 1980
Country of origin International
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Atlas Centaur
Launch site Cape Canaveral


Begin End Position
L: 6 Dec 1980   21.5°W
Dec 1988   went inclined
Jan 1991 Jan 1991 1°W, inclined
Feb 1992 Oct 1994 21.5°W, inclined
Oct 1994 Apr 1998 40.5°W, inclined

End of life

Out of service 14 Apr 1998
Cause deorbited

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data


When in 21.5°W, the antenna's platform was rotated in December 1992 to enable a direct link between Somalia and the US. The Eastern spot was pointed to Somalia.

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