PanAmSat is continuing its expansion and satellite redeployment plan with the delivery of the third of seven new satellites to Kourou, French Guiana, for launch on an Ariane 4 in mid-April.

Galaxy IVR, the third new satellite to be launched to serve the North American market in four months, will be located at 99°W in geostationary orbit (GEO).

The satellite is a Hughes HS-601 High Power model with 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders.

The next four satellites in the firm's expansion plan are PAS-1R and PAS-9 for the Atlantic region, PAS-10 to serve the Indian Ocean region and Galaxy IIIC to serve the USA and Latin America, bringing to 24 the number of PanAmSat craft in orbit by mid-2001.

As the new seven-satellite fleet is established for the US market, PanAmSat will redeploy the Galaxy VI, VII and XI spacecraft to new locations in GEO.

Source: Flight International