|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||4,745 kg (10,461 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||17 September 2009,|
|Rocket||Proton-M / Briz-M|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 200/39|
|Contractor||International Launch Services (ILS)|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||North America|
|EIRP||40.5 - 52.5 (varies by transponder and latitude) |
Nimiq-5 is a Canadian communications satellite, operated by Telesat Canada as part of its Nimiq fleet of satellites. It is positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 72.7° West of the Greenwich Meridian. 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. 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.
Nimiq-5 was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus. The contract to build it was announced on 4 January 2007. At launch, it will have a mass of 4,745 kg (10,461 lb), and is expected to operate for fifteen years. It carries 32 Ku-band transponders frequency designation system.
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. 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.