|Operator||COMSAT / Intelsat|
|COSPAR ID||1980-098A |
|Mission duration||7 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||1928 kg|
|Dry mass||1012 kg|
|Dimensions||1.66 x 2.1 x 1.77 metres|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||6 December 1980, 23:31:00 UTC|
|Rocket||Atlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR (AC-54)|
|Launch site||CCAFS, LC-36B|
|Entered service||1800 watts|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||14 April 1998|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Longitude||21.5° West (1980-1994)|
40.5° West (1994-1998)
|Epoch||6 December 1980|
Intelsat V F-2, then named Intelsat 502, was a communications satellite operated by COMSAT. Launched in 1980, it was the first of fifteen Intelsat V satellites to be launched. The Intelsat V series was constructed by Ford Aerospace, based on the Intelsat V satellite bus. Intelsat V F-2 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 an eclipse, provided 1800 watts of power at mission onset of its seven-year design life. The payload housed 21 C-band and 4 Ku-band transponders. It could accommodate 15,000 two-way voice circuits and two TV channels simultaneously. It had a launch mass of 1928 kg. In December 1992, the satellite enabled a direct link between United States and the Somalia. The satellite was deactivated on 14 April 1998.
The satellite was successfully launched into space on 6 December 1980, at 23:31:00 UTC, by means of an Atlas SLV-3D Centaur-D1AR vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States.