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Telesat launches its 17th satellite

Telesat announced today it has successfully launched the Anik F3, a satellite that will provide broadcasting and te...


April 10, 2007  


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Telesat announced today it has successfully launched the Anik F3, a satellite that will provide broadcasting and telecommunications capacity and business communications throughout North America and also carry a Ka-band payload to supplement services now being carried on the Anik F2 satellite.

Anik F3 was launched on the Proton/Breeze M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the republic of Kazakhstan at 4:54 a.m. local time.

The satellite separated from the upper stage of the rocket and its signal was acquired by Telesat’s tracking station in Perth, Australia just over nine hours later.

Manufactured by EADS Astrium, Telesat’s Anik F3 is the company’s second European-built satellite. International Launch Services (ILS) provided mission management.

Anik F3 represents Telesat’s 17th successful satellite launch and its fourth with ILS.

Telesat will officially take possession once the satellite has successfully completed comprehensive in-orbit testing.

The spacecraft has a launch mass of approximately 4634 kg, a solar array span of 36 metres once deployed in orbit and spacecraft power of 10 kW at end of life. Anik F3 has an estimated mission life of 15 years.