On this mission, Sea Launch deployed the Galaxy IIIC satellite for the PanAmSat Corporation, based in Wilton, Conn. Positioned in Geostationary Orbit at 95 degrees West Longitude, the satellite provides widespread Internet, video, voice and data services to areas of the United States, Latin America and South America. Galaxy IIIC operates dual frequencies and includes 24 C-band transponders and 53 Ku-band transponders. The satellite's C-band payload transmits general telecommunications traffic, such as voice, data and television relay. The Ku-band transponders transmits direct-to-user services, such as cable television systems and Internet capabilities.
Built by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) of El Segundo, Calif., the 702 model spacecraft is the largest and most powerful model in the BSS line, using state-of-the-art technologies in propulsion, power generation and thermal control. To provide 15 years of service, the Boeing 702 carries the flight-proven xenon ion propulsion system (XIPS) for all on-orbit maneuvering.
With this mission, PanAmSat completed its $2-billion fleet modernization program, the culmination of years of work and the deployment of nearly 500 new transponders. Galaxy IIIC was the seventh and final launch of this program. PanAmSat is a leading provider of global video and data broadcasting services via satellite and has one of the world's largest commercial geostationary satellite networks.