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Intelsat 708


Designation FTO
Launch date 14 Feb 1996
Country of origin International
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 50°W
Launch vehicle Long March 3B

The launch vehicle went off course shortly after leaving the pad and was destroyed about 20s after liftoff with its payload. Six people were killed and 57 injured, officially. Unofficial, deaths were said to be hundreds, and injured in the thousands. Two seconds after lift-off of the Long March 3B, the inertia platform became abnormal and the inertia baseline veered.

The satellite was insured for $205 million.

Technical data

Transponder frequency plan

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