|Operator||Ciel Satellite Group|
|Mission duration||16 years (design life)|
|Manufacturer||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch mass||5,561 kilograms (12,260 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||10 December 2008, 13:43UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 200/39|
|Contractor||International Launch Services|
|Perigee altitude||35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)|
|Epoch||25 January 2015, 05:14:56 UTC|
|Band||32 Ku band|
|Coverage area||North America|
Ciel 2 (NORAD 33453) is a commercial broadcast communications satellite owned by Canadian Ciel Satellite Group. It was launched on December 10, 2008 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by an ILS Proton-M/Breeze-M vehicle. The satellite is built by Thales Alenia Space and is based on Spacebus-4000C4 bus. It is the largest Spacebus class satellite built to date (5561 kg). Operating from 129° West geostationary orbit position, its 32 Ku band transponders will deliver high-definition and other TV services throughout North America. The satellite delivers multiple independent spot beams in Ku band.
Dish Network has decided to spot beam local affiliates of major networks instead of offering them on CONUS as was previously done on Echostar 5.