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COSPAR ID2007-036A
SATCAT no.32018Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration12 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass6,075 kilograms (13,393 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateAugust 14, 2007 (2007-08-14)
RocketAriane 5
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude95° West
Frequency500 megahertz
Bandwidth10 Gbit/s

SPACEWAY-3 is a communications satellite which, as of August 2007, is undergoing on-orbit testing after its successful launch. The third satellite in the SPACEWAY series, it includes a Ka-band communications payload.[1] After testing it will be used by Hughes Network Systems to provide broadband Internet Protocol network service.


SPACEWAY-3 was launched August 14, 2007 on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle,[2] it lifted off at 23:44 GMT from Ariane Launch Complex 3 of the Guiana Space Centre. Five hours and 46 minutes later, signals from the spacecraft were successfully received at a ground station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa.[3]

In March 2007, shortly after the failure of a Sea Launch rocket launch in January, Hughes Network Systems switched launch of SPACEWAY-3 from a Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket to an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Launch Kit" (PDF). Arianespace. March 14, 2007.
  2. ^ "Arianespace boosts SPACEWAY 3 and BSAT-3a into orbit". Arianespace. Archived from the original on 2007-10-19.
  3. ^ "Boeing-Built Spaceway 3 Satellite Operational after Successful Launch". Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11.
  4. ^ "Hughes Signs Contract with Arianespace to Launch SPACEWAY 3". Hughes. March 1, 2007. Archived from the original on March 3, 2007.
  5. ^ "Hughes Network Systems Awards SPACEWAY 3 Launch Contract to Sea Launch Company". Hughes. December 8, 2005. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.