Satellite footprints

Inmarsat-3 F3 (I-3 F3) at 173° East

Position:173° East
Manufacturer:Airbus Defense & Space
Launch operator:ULA
Launch vehicle:Atlas 2A
Launch date:12/18/1996
Expected lifetime:15 Years

Launched in 1996 thru 1998, the Inmarsat-3 series satellites were built by Lockheed Martin Astro Space (Lockheed Martin Space Systems) of the USA, responsible for the basic spacecraft, and the European Matra Marconi Space (EADS Astrium – Airbus Defense & Space), which developed the communications payload.

The Inmarsat-3 communications payload can generate a global beam and a maximum of 7 spotbeams. The spotbeams are directed as required to make extra communications capacity available in areas where demand from users is high.

Inmarsat-3 F1 was launched in 1996 to cover the Indian Ocean Region. Over the next two years F2 entered service over Atlantic Ocean Region-East, followed by F3 (Pacific Ocean Region), F4 (Atlantic Ocean Region-West) and F5 (limited services on a single spot beam, back-up and leased capacity).

Inmarsat-3 F2 was launched without apogee kick motor, as the Proton-K Blok-DM1 launch vehicle, operated by launch operator ILS, was capable of direct GSO injection.

Inmarsat-3 F4 was retired in 2016 and was moved into a graveyard orbit above the geostationary belt.

Inmarsat-3 F3 was successfully launched on December 18th, 1996 on an Atlas IIA rocket booster operated by Lockheed Martin from the Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.

Inmarsat-3 F3 (I-3 F3) at 173° East

EADS Astrium satelliite manufacturing
Atlas-IIA ready for launch
Atlas-IIA launching Inmarsat-3 F1

Inmarsat-3 F3 (I-3 F3) at 173° East

Inmarsat-3 F3 Satellite Footprint

Inmarsat-3 F3 (I-3 F3) at 173° East

Inmarsat-3 satellite coverage map (Nov 2013)