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Intelsat 5 communications satellite, 1980.


Intelsat 5 communications satellite, 1980.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


This satellite, shown pre-launch, was the first in the new series of Intelsats, although it was in fact launched after the second one, on 23rd May 1981. Nine Intelsat 5 satellites were launched between 1980 and 1984. INTELSAT, the International Telecommunciation Satellite Organisation, is jointly owned by all its member nations and has established a worldwide system of satellites which provide most of the world's international communications.

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