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Mission typeCommunications
OperatorCiel Satellite Group
COSPAR ID2008-063A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.33453
Mission duration16 years (design life)
Spacecraft properties
BusSpacebus 4000C4
ManufacturerThales Alenia Space
Launch mass5,561 kilograms (12,260 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date10 December 2008, 13:43 (2008-12-10UTC13:43Z) UTC
RocketProton-M/Briz M
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
ContractorInternational Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude129° west
Perigee altitude35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)[1]
Apogee altitude35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)[1]
Inclination0.04 degrees[1]
Period1436.08 minutes[1]
Epoch25 January 2015, 05:14:56 UTC[1]
Band32 Ku band
Coverage areaNorth America

Ciel 2 (NORAD 33453) is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by Canadian Ciel Satellite Group.[2] It was launched on December 10, 2008 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by an ILS Proton-M/Breeze-M vehicle.[3] The satellite is built by Thales Alenia Space and is based on Spacebus-4000C4 bus.[4] It is the largest Spacebus class satellite built to date (5561 kg). Operating from 129° West geostationary orbit position, its 32 Ku band transponders will deliver high-definition and other TV services throughout North America. The satellite delivers multiple independent spot beams in Ku band.

Dish Network has decided to spot beam local affiliates of major networks instead of offering them on CONUS as was previously done on Echostar 5.


  1. ^ a b c d e "CIEL-2 Satellite details 2008-063A NORAD 33453". N2YO. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Ciel Satellite Group". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  3. ^ Barbosa, Rui C. (December 10, 2008). "ILS launches Ciel-2 for Canada via Proton-M".
  4. ^ "Ciel Satellite Teams Up with Alcatel Alenia Space". Via Satellite. March 20, 2006. Retrieved November 19, 2022.

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