Nimiq 5 Ready For Launch Next Friday

Telesat, the world's fourth largest fixed satellite services operator, announced today that its new Nimiq 5 satellite is scheduled to launch on an Proton vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 18. The launch will be controlled by ILS - International Launch Services

Nimiq 5 will utilize 32 high powered Ku-band transponders and the latest in satellite technology to deliver a wide range of high-definition and direct-to-home television services across a broad footprint covering Canada and the United States. Based on Space Systems/ Loral's proven 1300 platform, Nimiq 5 has a planned 15-year mission life and will operate in geostationary orbit from 72.7 degrees West.

The capacity on Nimiq 5 is fully pre-sold and the satellite is expected to commence service prior to the end of the fourth quarter of this year