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Thor 6 is a satellite which was launched on October 29, 2009. It will provide DTH and Telecommunication services for the Nordic, Baltic and Middle East regions. In the Nordic areas, the service provider is Canal Digital, which is fully owned by Telenor. It is part of the Thor satellite series.
Based on the Thales Alenia SpaceSpacebus 4000B2 platform and fitted with 36 active Ku band transponders, THOR 6 will provide high power direct-to-home (DTH) television services from the 1 West orbital location.
Sixteen transponders will point to the Nordic countries and 20 transponders will be positioned to serve the growing broadcasting demands within Central and Eastern Europe.
The satellite will be launched on an Ariane 5 ECA launcher from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana.
THOR 6 will replace Thor 3, which is set to retire in 2010, and is expected to start services in 2009 with an operational lifetime of 15 years.
Payloads are separated by bullets ( · ), launches by pipes ( | ). Manned flights are indicated in bold text. Uncatalogued launch failures are listed in italics. Payloads deployed from other spacecraft are denoted in brackets.