Ciel Satellite Group

The Ciel Satellite Group, located in Ottawa Canada, is a privately-held satellite operator that owns and operates the Ciel-2 DBS satellite at the 129° West Longitude position providing broadcast services throughout the Americas.

Ciel provides leading edge communications platforms enabling a full range of affordable satellite services. The company combines the substantial satellite industry experience of its shareholder SES and the infrastructure expertise of its Canadian shareholder, Borealis Infrastructure.


Ciel Satellite Group was established in 2004, providing services throughout the Americas as a result of Borealis Infrastructure, a financial institution, partnered with SES. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, the Ciel Satellite Group was founded to develop Canadian spectrum opportunities and meet the demand for domestic competitive satellite services. In 2006, Ciel requested Thales Alenia Space to manufacture the Ciel-2 satellite, which was launched on an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazachstan on December 10th, 2008.

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Ciel-1 (Ciel I, EchoStar-5, EchoStar V, MCI-1, Sky-1A)

Orbital Position: 148° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral
Launch date: 23 Sept 1999
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance - ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 2AS
Expected lifetime: 12 years

Note: In 2005 Ciel Satellite Group leased capacity from EchoStar on EchoStar-5 satellite and moved to 129° W and branded as Ciel-1. EchoStar-5 was originally ordered by MCI as MCI-1 / Sky-1A. The satellite was End-of-Life (EOL) in 2009 and moved to a junk orbit.

Ciel-2 (Ciel II)

Orbital Position: 129° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 10 Dec 2008
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

Note: The Ciel-2 satellite is the first commercial operated satellite for the Ciel Satellite Group.