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Telesat launches Anik F2 commercial communications satellite

Telesat has announced the successful launch of the Anik F2 -- the world's largest commercial communications satelli...

July 19, 2004  

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Telesat has announced the successful launch of the Anik F2 — the world’s largest commercial communications satellite.

It’s the first satellite to fully commercialize the Ka frequency band, satellite communications technology for delivering cost-effective, two-way broadband services.

The company said Ka will enable improvements in access to two-way, high-speed Internet services for both consumers and businesses. The satellite will also provide new capacity for a wide range of broadcasting and telecommunications services across North America, it said.

Anik F2 will be used for both commercial and public services. For example, the Canadian government can use Anik F2 to improve services to remote communities through tele-health, tele-learning and other applications.

It’s equipped with 38 Ka-band transponders, 32 Ku-band transponders and 24 C-band transponders. The spacecraft has a launch mass of 5950 kg, a solar array span of 48 metres once deployed in orbit, and spacecraft power of 15 kW at end of life.

The satellite, operating in geostationary orbit, will provide commercial services for an estimated 15 years.

Following in-orbit tests, Telesat will take possession of Anik F2 and begin commercial service in the fall.