Ottawa, Toulouse, 8 October 2008 – Telesat’s Nimiq 4 satellite has successfully completed in-orbit tests and has been placed at the 82ºW orbital slot. The satellite was formally handed over to Telesat Canada by satellite manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space as part of the in-orbit delivery contract.
The Airbus Defence and Space team in Toulouse took control and began operating the Nimiq 4 satellite following its launch on 20 September 2008 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The satellite arrived in geostationary orbit on 24 September and, after full deployment of its antenna reflectors and 39m wingspan solar array, began in-orbit platform tests, swiftly followed by thorough payload tests conducted from Telesat’s operations station in Allan Park, Ontario. All spacecraft functions are performing fully as expected. Telesat has now officially taken possession of its new satellite and commenced operational service.
Nimiq 4 will offer high definition television (HDTV), specialty television and foreign language programming in North America. It features 32 active high-power transponders in Ku-band and 8 in Ka-band. Its multi-spot Ka-band payload provides coverage of the most densely populated regions of Canada.
Nimiq 4 is the third Eurostar E3000 satellite delivered in orbit by Airbus Defence and Space to Telesat following Anik F1R in 2005 and Anik F3 in 2007. A total of 25 Eurostar E3000 satellites have been ordered so far with 13 now operating in orbit and two more to be launched later this year.
Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2007, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €3.5 billion and 12,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and its wholly owned subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €39.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 116,000.
Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Phone: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32
Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Phone: +44 (0) 1 438 77 3872
Mathias Pikelj (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Phone: +49 (0) 7545 8 9123
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Phone: +34 91 586 37 41