BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, 18 April 2013. International Launch Services (ILS), a provider of mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, delivered Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite into orbit on an ILS Proton.
The ILS Proton lifted off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome 16 April 2013 at 12:36 a.m. local time (April 15: 6:36 p.m. GMT and 2:36 p.m. EDT). Using the standard 5-burn Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) mission design, the Breeze M released the Anik G1 satellite into orbit after a 9 hour and 13 minute mission.
The satellite was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and built on the 1300 platform. Weighing 4.9 metric tons at liftoff, Anik G1 was the twenty-sixth SSL satellite launched on an ILS Proton, as well as the ninth Telesat satellite launched by an ILS Proton.
Anik G1’s 24 C-band, 28 Ku-band, and 3 X-band transponders form a 55 transponder, multi-mission satellite. Once in service, Anik G1 will provide direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Canada, as well as broadband, voice, data, and video services in South America where economic growth has driven high demand for satellite capacity. It will also be the first commercial satellite with substantial X-band coverage for government communications over the Americas and the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii.
Anik G1 will be positioned at 107.3 degrees West longitude where it will be co-located with Telesat’s Anik F1 satellite, effectively doubling the C-band and Ku-band transponders serving South America from the 107.3 degrees West orbital location.
The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, Russia’s premier space industry manufacturer and majority shareholder in ILS.
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