Mission typeCommunications
OperatorTelesat Canada
COSPAR ID2009-050A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.35873
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass4,745 kg (10,461 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date17 September 2009,
19:19:19 UTC[1]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
ContractorInternational Launch Services (ILS)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[2]
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude72.7° West
Band32 Ku-band[3]
Coverage areaNorth America
EIRP40.5 - 52.5 (varies by transponder and latitude) [4]
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Nimiq-5 is a Canadian communications satellite, operated by Telesat Canada as part of its Nimiq fleet of satellites.[5] It is positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 72.7° West of the Greenwich Meridian.[6] As of July 2015, EchoStar Corporation leases the satellite's entire capacity to provide high-definition television direct-to-home broadcasting for Dish Network Corporation.[6][4] When accessed using a multi-satellite receiver such as the VIP722k and a multi-satellite dish/LNB combo, such as the Dish-300, Dish-500, or Dish-Turbo 1000.4, the satellite is (incorrectly) referred to by the on-screen diagnostics as Echostar 72 W.[citation needed]


Nimiq-5 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus.[7] The contract to build it was announced on 4 January 2007.[8] At launch, it will have a mass of 4,745 kg (10,461 lb),[9] and is expected to operate for fifteen years. It carries 32 Ku-band transponders frequency designation system.[7]


Nimiq-5 was launched by International Launch Services (ILS), using a Proton-M launch vehicle with a Briz-M upper stage, under a contract signed in April 2007.[10] The launch was conducted from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 19:19:19 UTC on 17 September 2009. The Briz-M separated from the Proton-M nine minutes and forty one seconds into the flight and subsequently made five burns before releasing Nimiq-5 into a geosynchronous transfer orbit nine hours and fifteen minutes after liftoff.[9]

See also


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. ^ "NIMIQ 5 Satellite details 2009-050A NORAD 35873". N2YO. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ "SatBeams - Nimiq-5". SatBeams. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Nimiq-5 at 72.7° W". LyngSat. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Nimiq Fleet". Satellite Fleet. Telesat. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Telesat Completes Agreements For Satellite Capacity With Bell TV And Echostar Corporation". Telesat. 17 September 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  7. ^ a b Krebs, Gunter. "Nimiq 5". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Space Systems/Loral To Build Nimiq-5 Satellite For Telesat Canada". Commercial Space Watch. 7 January 2007. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Mission Overview" (PDF). Nimiq-5. International Launch Services. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  10. ^ "ILS, Telesat Canada Sign Contract to Launch Nimiq-5 on Proton in 2009". SpaceRef. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2009.