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|Major contractors||Space Systems/Loral
|Launch date||17 September 2009
|Launch site||Baikonur Site 200/39|
|Mission duration||15 years|
|Homepage||Telesat - Nimiq Fleet|
|Mass||4,745 kilograms (10,460 lb)|
|Orbital period||24 hours|
|Transponders||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. It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 72.7° West of the Greenwich Meridian. EchoStar Corporation will lease the satellite's entire capacity to provide direct-to-home broadcasting for Dish Network Corporation.
Nimiq 5 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. The contract to build it was announced on 4 January 2007. At launch, it will have a mass of 4,745 kilograms (10,460 lb), and is expected to operate for fifteen years. It carries 32 J band transponders (NATO frequency designation system, US IEEE Ku band).
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. 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. It will then raise itself into its final geostationary orbit. It is expected to enter service in early 2010.
See also 
- "Nimiq Fleet". Satellite Fleet. Telesat. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- "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.
- Krebs, Gunter. "Nimiq 5". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- "Space Systems/Loral To Build Nimiq 5 Satellite For Telesat Canada". Commercial Space Watch. 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- "Mission Overview". Nimiq 5. International Launch Services. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- "ILS, Telesat Canada Sign Contract to Launch Nimiq 5 on Proton in 2009". SpaceRef. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
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