Thor 5

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Thor 5 (Thor 2R)
Mission type Communication
Operator Telenor
COSPAR ID 2008-006A
SATCAT no. 32487
Spacecraft properties
Bus STAR-2
Manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation
Launch mass 1,960 kilograms (4,320 lb)
Power 3,600 watts from solar panels
Start of mission
Launch date 11 February 2008, 11:34 (2008-02-11UTC11:34Z) UTC
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor ILS
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Perigee 35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)
Apogee 35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)
Inclination 0 degrees
Period 24 hours

Thor 5, also known as Thor 2R is a Norwegian communications satellite. It was successfully launched for Telenor atop an International Launch Services Proton-M/Briz-M carrier rocket, at 11:34 GMT on 11 February 2008.[1] It is based on the STAR-2 satellite bus, and was constructed by Orbital Sciences Corporation. It carries 24 Ku band transponders, to provide direct-to-home television broadcasting. After launch, the Briz-M upper stage placed Thor 5 directly into a geosynchronous orbit, eliminating the need for orbital raising manoeuvres and making the spacecraft able to save weight by carrying less fuel. It is positioned at a longitude of 1° West.[2]