Syncom 3.
Category. Statistic.
Launch vehicle. Delta D Rocket #25.
Launch date. August 19, 1964.
Launch site. N\A, Cape Canaveral.
Ceased operations. N\A, 1969.
Owner(s). [NASA].
Major contractor(s)  Hughes Aircraft Company.
Is it still in orbit. Yes, as of 2012.
Launch mass. About ~68 kilograms (150 lb).
Nationality(s). American.
Satellite type. Communications.

The satellite, in orbit near the International Date Line, had the addition of a wideband channel for television and was used to telecast the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to the United States. Although Syncom 3 is sometimes credited with the first television program to cross the Pacific Ocean, the Relay 1 satellite first broadcast television from the United States to Japan on November 22, 1963.

Turned off in 1969, Syncom 3 remains in geosynchronous orbit as of December 2012. In 40 years it has drifted 8 degrees to the west, to longitude 172.

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