Second heaviest satellite launched by Proton K into space at 4,300 kg
Designed for communications, DirecTV-5 is a commercial satellite operated by DirecTV, Inc. (USA).
A GEO satellite, it was launched into space using Proton K as the launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 7 May 2002. DirecTV-5 was constructed by Space Systems/Loral (USA).
DirecTV-5 has a launch mass of 4,300 kg (dry mass at 3,640 kg) and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 15 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2002-023A and NORAD ID 27426.
With an orbital eccentricity of 3.08E-04, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,773km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,799km. It takes 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth along the longitude of -110 degrees.