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 , 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.
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