Space Systems/Loral to build Nimiq 5 satellite for Telesat Canada
Friday, January 5th, 2007

Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has been awarded a contract to manufacture Nimiq 5, a new high-power, direct broadcast satellite for Telesat Canada. Nimiq 5 will be the first satellite in Telesat’s fleet to be manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. Based on SS/L’s heritage 1300 platform, the satellite will be equipped with 32 active high-power Ku-band transponders, providing a strong footprint across Canada. Nimiq 5’s entire payload is under contract to Bell ExpressVu, Canada’s leading direct- to-home service provider, to be used for a wide range of digital television services.

Planned for completion in 2009, Nimiq 5 will have a lifespan of more than 15 years, operating in its geostationary orbit location of 72.7 degrees west.

(Source: Space Systems/Loral)