New Satellite Skies (1998-2003)
|Mission duration||7 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||1981 kg |
|Dry mass||1098 kg|
|Dimensions||1.66 x 2.1 x 1.77 metres|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||17 May 1988, 23:58:00 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 2 V23|
|Launch site||Kourou, ELA-1|
|End of mission|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Longitude||53.0° West (1988-1995)|
177.0° West (1995-2003)
|Epoch||17 May 1988|
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.
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.
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. 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 on August 2003.