Telecommunications coverage for Canadian operator Telesat
Built by Airbus Defence and Space for the Canadian operator Telesat, Anik F1R was launched in September 2005 to replace Anik F1 and ensure continuity of service for its customers. Anik F1R provides telecommunications, broadcasting and Internet services over a large zone covering Canada and North America. It is also equipped with a navigation payload.
The spacecraft, which is based on the E3000 version of Airbus Defence and Space’s highly reliable Eurostar family, is equipped with 24 transponders in C-band and 32 transponders in Ku-band. The launch mass was 4,500kg and spacecraft power will be 10kW at end of life. The satellite, operating in geostationary orbit at the 107.3° W location, will provide commercial communications services for a minimum of 15 years.