September 11, 2009


Nimiq 5 communications satellite
1300 Spacecraft Bus
Separated spacecraft mass: Approx. 4,745 kg

Launch Vehicle:
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
56.2 m (184 ft)

Launch Date:
September 18, 2009

Launch Time:
01:19 Baikonur
19:19 GMT, September 17
15:19 EDT, September 17
12:19 PDT, September 17

Launch Site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer:
Telesat, Canada

Satellite Manufacturer:
Space Systems/Loral, California

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow

Launch Services Provider:
International Launch Services, Reston, Va.

Satellite Use: 
Nimiq 5 is a commercial communications satellite built by Space Systems/ Loral. The satellite has a 32 transponder Ku-Band payload with capability to switch capacity between Canada and the Continental United States coverage areas. The satellite will be located at 72.7° West longitude.  This satellite will be dedicated to the provision of direct-to-home services as part of Telesat’s DTH fleet.

Satellite Statistics:
__32 Ku-Band transponders
__Orbital location: 72.7 degrees West longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the Nimiq 5 satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the Ascent Unit (payload fairing, Breeze M upper stage and the Nimiq 5 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the Orbital Unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geo-transfer orbit.  Separation of the Nimiq 5 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 15 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation:
Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles)
Perigee:  9,490 km (5,897 miles)
Inclination: 13.0 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:
Approximately 9 hours, 15 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:
__7th Proton launch of 2009/ 5th ILS Proton Launch of 2009
__54th Proton Launch for ILS
__6th Telesat Satellite Launch with ILS Proton
__13th Space Systems/Loral Satellite Launch on Proton

Live Broadcast:
Test signals starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT, 17 September 2009
Live Coverage starting at approximately 2:57 p.m. EDT Launch is scheduled for 3:19 p.m. EDT
Broadcast concludes no later than 4:00 p.m. EDT (Firm Out)

In North America the broadcast may be seen on:
Satellite: Anik F2C
Transponder: 7B
Orbital Position: 111.1 W
Band: C Analog NTSC
Bandwidth: 36 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 3980.0 Vertical

In Europe the broadcast may be seen on:
Satellite: NSS 7
Digital Channel: NV8 / EUH8 Channel CD
Orbital Position: 338 degrees East
Band: KU Digital PAL
Bandwidth: 9 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 11693.5 Horizontal
Sym Rate: 5.632
FEC: 3/4

In Europe, Northern Asia and Baïkonour at the launch site the broadcast may be seen on:
Satellite: SESAT 1
Digital Channel: G
Band: Ku
Orbital Position: 36 Degrees East
Satellite Channel: EUTELSAT SESAT 1 B3 “G”
Bandwidth: 9 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 11097.5 Horizontal
Sym Rate: 5.632
FEC: ¾

More Information: 
Live webcast at will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at the website or on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.

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