"The launch of Nimiq 5 underscores Telesat’s commitment to bring the most advanced video programming to North American consumers," said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. "Nimiq 5 will contribute significant revenue and EBITDA to our results and builds upon our already strong relationship with EchoStar. We greatly value the trust EchoStar has placed in Telesat and look forward to delivering the quality and reliability over the life of Nimiq 5 they have come to expect from Telesat."
Nimiq 5 was launched on an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 1:19 a.m. today local time. International Launch Services (ILS) provided mission and launch services. The satellite separated from the upper stage of the rocket and the signal was acquired by Telesat’s tracking station in Perth, Australia just over nine hours later.
Manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, Nimiq 5 will utilize SS/L’s space-proven 1300 platform and enter into commercial service at 72.7 degrees West after it has successfully completed orbit raising and comprehensive in-orbit testing. Nimiq 5 has a solar array span of 26 meters, an expected 15 year mission life and a launch mass of approximately 4745 kg.