Nimiq 5
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Nimiq 5
Nimiq 5
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorTelesat Canada
SATCAT no.35873
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass4,745 kilograms (10,461 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date17 September 2009, 19:19:19 (2009-09-17UTC19:19:19Z) UTC[1]
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude72.7° West
Slot73° West
Perigee altitude35,785 kilometres (22,236 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude35,801 kilometres (22,246 mi)[2]
Inclination0.03 degrees[2]
Period1436.12 minutes[2]
Epoch23 January 2015, 08:32:36 UTC[2]
BandKu band [3]
Capacity32 Ku Transponders [3]
Coverage areaCONUS[3]
EIRP40.5 - 52.5 (varies by transponder and latitude) [4][3]

Nimiq 5 is a Canadian communications satellite, operated by Telesat Canada as part of its Nimiq fleet of satellites.[5] It is positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 72.7° West of the Greenwich Meridian.[6] As of July 2015, EchoStar Corporation leases the satellite's entire capacity to provide High Definition television direct-to-home broadcasting for Dish Network Corporation.[6][4] When accessed using a multi-satellite receiver such as the VIP722k and a multi-satellite dish/LNB combo, such as the Dish-300, Dish-500, or Dish-Turbo 1000.4, the satellite is (incorrectly) referred to by the on-screen diagnostics as Echostar 72W.[]

Nimiq 5 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus.[7] The contract to build it was announced on 4 January 2007.[8] At launch, it will have a mass of 4,745 kilograms (10,461 lb),[9] and is expected to operate for fifteen years. It carries 32 J band transponders (NATO frequency designation system, US IEEE Ku band).[7]

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.[10] 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.[9]

See also


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "NIMIQ 5 Satellite details 2009-050A NORAD 35873". N2YO. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "SatBeams - Satellite Details - Nimiq 5". SatBeams. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Nimiq 5 at 72.7°W". LyngSat. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Nimiq Fleet". Satellite Fleet. Telesat. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b "Telesat Completes Agreements For Satellite Capacity With Bell TV And Echostar Corporation". Telesat. 2009-09-17. Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b Krebs, Gunter. "Nimiq 5". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Space Systems/Loral To Build Nimiq 5 Satellite For Telesat Canada". Commercial Space Watch. 2007-01-07. Retrieved .
  9. ^ a b "Mission Overview" (PDF). Nimiq 5. International Launch Services. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "ILS, Telesat Canada Sign Contract to Launch Nimiq 5 on Proton in 2009". SpaceRef. 2007-04-26. Retrieved .

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