Nimiq 5

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Nimiq 5
Mission type Communications
Operator Telesat Canada
COSPAR ID 2009-050A
SATCAT № 35873
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 4,745 kilograms (10,461 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 17 September 2009, 19:19:19 (2009-09-17UTC19:19:19Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor ILS
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 72.7° West
Perigee 35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)[2]
Apogee 35,805 kilometres (22,248 mi)[2]
Inclination 0.05 degrees[2]
Period 1436.010 minutes[2]
Epoch 11 July 2014, 16:22:14 UTC[2]
Transponders
Band 32 J band

Nimiq 5 is a Canadian communications satellite, which will be operated by Telesat Canada as part of its Nimiq fleet of satellites.[3] It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 72.7° West of the Greenwich Meridian.[4] EchoStar Corporation will lease the satellite's entire capacity to provide direct-to-home broadcasting for Dish Network Corporation.[4]

Nimiq 5 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus.[5] The contract to build it was announced on 4 January 2007.[6] At launch, it will have a mass of 4,745 kilograms (10,461 lb),[7] and is expected to operate for fifteen years. It carries 32 J band transponders (NATO frequency designation system, US IEEE Ku band).[5]

Nimiq 5 was launched by International Launch Services, using a Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage, under a contract signed in April 2007.[8] The launch was conducted from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 19:19 GMT on 17 September 2009. The Briz-M separated from the Proton-M nine minutes and forty one seconds into the flight and subsequently made five burns before releasing Nimiq 5 into a geosynchronous transfer orbit nine hours and fifteen minutes after liftoff.[7] It will then raise itself into its final geostationary orbit. It is expected to enter service in early 2010.[3][9]

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  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "NIMIQ 5 Satellite details 2009-050A NORAD 35873". N2YO. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Nimiq Fleet". Satellite Fleet. Telesat. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Telesat Completes Agreements For Satellite Capacity With Bell TV And Echostar Corporation". Telesat. 2009-09-17. Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b Krebs, Gunter. "Nimiq 5". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Space Systems/Loral To Build Nimiq 5 Satellite For Telesat Canada". Commercial Space Watch. 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Mission Overview". Nimiq 5. International Launch Services. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  8. ^ "ILS, Telesat Canada Sign Contract to Launch Nimiq 5 on Proton in 2009". SpaceRef. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  9. ^ http://www.ilslaunch.com/news-091809/