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Also called Hermès


Designation 08585 / 76004A
Launch date 17 Jan 1976
Country of origin Canada
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 116°W
Launch vehicle Thor Delta #119
Mass at launch 674 kg, 347 kg in orbit

Used by the United States and Canada for TV transmission tests with small Earth stations in Ku-band. Also used for computer links.

JSR: As with many satellites, it was spin-stabilized during the coast to geostationary orbit and prior to deploying its main solar array wings. Unusually, it got power during this period from an extra set of solar arrays mounted outside the folded-up array wings.

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End of life

Out of service November 1979

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