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.