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Near-global coverage in X-band

Airbus Defence and Space will soon be able to offer near-global coverage in X-band with the entry into service of Skynet 5D and the launch of its hosted payload on Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite.

Fourth Airbus Defence and Space built and operated Skynet 5 satellite, 5D, entered service in April

On 2 April, Airbus Defence and Space successfully brought its Skynet 5D satellite into service following its launch on an Ariane 5 in December 2012. It has been positioned at 53° East, becoming Airbus Defence and Space’ most active milsatcom satellite.

The Skynet fleet now comprises eight satellites: Skynet 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D, combined with three Skynet 4 satellites (C, E and F) and one NATO IV satellite.

Thanks to the leased Anik G1 hosted payload, Airbus Defence and Space will extend its X-band coverage over the Americas and Pacific Ocean

Airbus Defence and Space has a 15-year contract with operator Telesat for the exclusive use of the X-band hosted payload on board the Anik G1 satellite, launched on 16 April.

The satellite is due to be positioned at 107.3° West. It will provide the first commercial X-band coverage across North and Latin America, with substantial coverage of the Pacific Ocean reaching out to Hawaii and Easter Island.

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