|Operator||PanAmSat / Intelsat|
|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
22 years, 3 months, 25 days (elapsed)
|Spacecraft type||Boeing 601|
|Manufacturer||Hughes Space and Communications|
|Launch mass||3,470 kg (7,650 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||22 December 1998, 01:08 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 42L H10-3 (V115)|
|Launch site||Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2|
|Entered service||February 1999|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||South America|
It was manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. At beginning of life, it generates 8 kW. This version takes advantage of such advances as dual-junction gallium arsenide solar cells, new battery technology and the first commercial use of a high-efficiency xenon ion propulsion system (XIPS).
The satellite was launched on 22 December 1998, 01:08 UTC, on a Ariane 42L H10-3 launch vehicle from the Centre Spatial Guyanais at Kourou in French Guiana. PAS-6B provides satellite services in South America, including direct-to-home (DTH) television services.
In 2003, PAS 6B lost the secondary XIPS engines additionally to the earlier loss of the primaries, which wil lead to a reduced lifetime.