About the Satellites

In March of 2006, Ciel commissioned Thales Alenia Space (formerly Alcatel Alenia Space) to build Ciel-2, a Spacebus 4000 C4, the largest Spacebus class satellite ever built. The Ciel-2 satellite is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle in late 2008. The satellite is designed to operate for at least 16 years.

Ciel-2 Specifications

Spacecraft Spacebus 4000 C4

Orbital location 129 deg. W.L.

Launch date/vehicle Late 2008

Design life 16 years

Payload Ku Band (BSS)

Coverage Canadian and Continental United States

Transponders 100 to 200-watt TWTA

Redundancy 11-for-8

In August 2005, the 129 degrees West orbital position was brought into use with the operation of an interim satellite, Echo-V.

Echo-V Specifications

Spacecraft Loral FS-1300

Orbital location 129 deg. W.L.

Launch date/vehicle 23 September 1999 / Atlas IIAS

Design life 12 years

Payload Ku-band (BSS)

Transponders TWTA (32 @125-watt, switchable
to 16 @ 250-watt)

Coverage North America