Intelsat-10 (IS-10, PAS-10) at 47° East
|Launch vehicle:||Proton K|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
In September 1999 satellite operator PanAmSat ordered the PAS-10 satellite with Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing Defense & Space). The satellite was based on Hughes HS-601HP platform and carries a total of 48 active transponders, 24 in C-band and 24 in Ku-band, replacing PAS-4 satellite. PAS-10 was designed for 15 years of service.
PAS-10 featured such innovations as dual-junction gallium arsenide solar cells, built by Spectrolab, with the ability to convert nearly 22% of the sun’s rays into electrical power; and XIPS, a xenon ion propulsion system built by Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices (formerly Hughes Electron Dynamics) that is 10 times more efficient than conventional bipropellant systems. With XIPS, a 90% reduction of propellant mass is possible, enabling the customer to opt for more payload, reduced launch costs, longer satellite life, or any combination of the above.
Intelsat-10 was successfully launched on May 14th, 2001 on a Proton K rocket booster operated by launch operator ILS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazachstan. This was the first mission of 2001 for ILS.