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Mission type Communications
Operator Ciel Satellite Group
COSPAR ID 2008-063A
SATCAT no. 33453
Mission duration 16 years (design life)
Spacecraft properties
Bus Spacebus 4000C4
Manufacturer Thales Alenia Space
Launch mass 5,561 kilograms (12,260 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 10 December 2008, 13:43 (2008-12-10UTC13:43Z) UTC
Rocket Proton-M/Briz M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor International Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 129° west
Perigee 35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)[1]
Apogee 35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)[1]
Inclination 0.04 degrees[1]
Period 1436.08 minutes[1]
Epoch 25 January 2015, 05:14:56 UTC[1]
Band 32 Ku band
Coverage area North 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 a ILS Proton-M/Breeze-M vehicle. The satellite is built by Thales Alenia Space and is based on Spacebus-4000C4 bus. 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.

Dishnetwork 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". 

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