Telesat



Telesat is a satellite operator based in Canada. The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It has offices in the United States, Brazil and the UK.



History

Telesat was founded on May 2nd, 1969. In 1972 Telesat launched the Anik-A1 as the world's first series of domestic communications satellites in geostationary orbit. The satellite was retired from use in 1981 and moved into an orbital graveyard. The Anik-A2 in 1973, Anik-A3 in 1975, Anik-B in 1978, Anik-D1 in 1982 which was decommissioned in 1995, Anik-C3 in 1982, Anik-C2 in 1983 which was sold to Paracom S.A. in 1993, Anik-D2 in 1984 which was sold to GE-Americom in 1991 and Arabsat in 1993, Anik-C1 in 1985 which was also sold to GE-Americom 1993 and decommissioned in 2003, Anik-E1 and E2 in 1991 and the MSAT in 1999.

In 1981 Telesat co-located two satellites in a single orbital slot, for the first time in history. This is now a widely used inductry practice. In 1982 Anik-E1 was launched and the Anik-E2 in 1987.

In 1996 Telesat was the first to provide internet access to ISP's over satellite. 

On October 5th, 2007 Loral Space & Communications Inc. and the Public Pension Investment Board of Canada received the final regulatory approval necessary to complete the acquisition of Telesat from BCE Inc. for CAD$ 3.25 billion. The acquisition closed on October 31, 2007, with Loral owning 64% of Telesat.

At the same time, Telesat Canada merged with Loral Skynet, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications. Loral Skynet was a full-service global satellite operator headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, USA. The merge resulted in the transfer of all of the assets of Loral Skynet to Telesat.

The company is now the fourth-largest fixed satellite services provider in the world. It owns a fleet of 13 satellites, has one other satellite under construction, and operates 13 additional satellites for other entities.

Telesat carries Canada's two major DBS providers signals: Bell TV and Shaw Direct, as well as more than 200 of Canada's television channels.

Telesat's Anik-F2 carries a 'Spot Beam' Ka-band payload for satellite Internet access for users in the United States and Canada. The Ka-band system uses 'Spot Beams' to manage bandwidth concerns, linking to multiple satellite ground stations connected to the Internet.

Loral Skynet provided a wide range of video and data transmission services. It became a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications when Loral acquired it in 1997 from AT&T Corporation.

Skynet’s fleet consisted of Telstar-11N, -12, -14R (Estrela do Sul 2) and Telstar-18. In 2003, Skynet sold its North American satellite fleet (Telstar-5 through -8 and -13) to Intelsat; they were renamed in Intelsat Americas 5–8 and 13. This was done to help reduce debt after its parent, Loral Space & Communications, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 15th, 2003. As part of the agreement, Skynet was precluded from competing in the North American market until March 18th, 2006. In June 2007, Loral Space & Communications made an unsuccessful bid to acquire Intelsat.

On December 18th, 2006, Loral Space & Communications announced that it, along with Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), would acquire Telesat for US$2.8b.

On November 17th, 2010: Telesat Holdings Inc. hired JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Group AG to start a formal sales process and offer so-called staple financing to interest buyers for 6 billion to 7 billion USD.

Telesat launched various satellites: Anik-A1 in 1972, Anik-A2 in 1973, Anik-A3 in 1975, Anik-B in 1978, Anik-D1 in 1982 which was decommissioned in 1995, Anik-C3 in 1982, Anik-C2 in 1983 which was sold to Paracom S.A. in 1993, Anik-D2 in 1984 which was sold to GE-Americom in 1991 and Arabsat in 1993, Anik-C1 in 1985 which was also sold to GE-Americom 1993 and decommissioned in 2003, Anik-E1 and E2 in 1991 and the MSAT in 1999.


Telesat is also operating the Nimiq-series satellites, the DTH satellites that are serving customers in the USA and Canada. The Nimiq-1, -2, -4, -5 and -6 are located at 82° to 91° W.



References:

www.wikipedia.com
www.telesat.com
www.loral.com
www.wta.com
www.satbeams.com
www.space.skyrocket.de



Satellites

Anik-F1

Oribital Position: 107° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 21 Nov 2000
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Anik-F2 (CANSAT KA-4)

Orbital Position: 111° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 18 July 2004
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5 G+
Expected life time: 15 years

Anik-F1R
 
Orbital Position: 107° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 09 Sept 2005
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Anik-F3
 
Orbital Position: 119° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 09 Apr 2007
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Anik-F3 satellite launch!

Anik-G1
 
Orbital Position: 107° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 15 Apr 2013
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Anik-G1 satellite launch!

Telstar-12 (Orion-2)

Orbital Position: 15° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 19 Oct 1999
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected lifetime: 13 years

Note: Orion Network Systems owned the Orion-2 satellite when it was acquired by Loral Skynet in 1998. Loral Skynet renamed the satellite in Telstar-12. It is now operated by Telesat when it merged with Loral Skynet in 2006.
 

Telstar-18 (APSTAR-5, APSTAR-V)

Orbital Postion: 138° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 June 2004
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected lifetime: 13 years

Note: Transferred from Loral Skynet acquisition during built. Telesat is leasing capacity to APT Satellite and SingTel Singapore that are branding it under APSTAR-5 (APSTAR-V).
 

Telstar-11N (Telstar-11R)

Orbital Position: 37° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 26 Feb 2009
Launch Operator: Space International services - SIS (Land Launch)
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SLB
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Transferred from Loral Skynet.
 
Youtube: Watch the Telesat Telstar-11N satellite launch!

Telstar-14R (Estrela do Sul-2, EDS-2)

Orbital Position: 63° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 20 May 2011
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Transferred from Loral Skynet acquisition during built. Telstar-14R was replacing Telstar-14 that had a reduced life-span since its North solar array did not fully deploy. Telstar-14R had the same problem.

Youtube: Watch the Telstar-14R satellite launch!

Telstar-12V (12 Vantage)

Orbital Position: 15° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 24-Nov-2015
Launch Operator: MHI Launch Services
Launch vehicle: H-IIA (Japan)
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Satellite will replace Telstar-12 that became EOL.

YouTube: Please watch the Telstar-12V Satellite launch!
 

Telstar-18V (APSTAR-5C)

Orbital Postion: 138° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 2017
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected life time: 15 years


Note: The Telstar-18V(intage) / APSTAR-5C satellite will replace Telstar-18 (APSTAR-5) that will reach EOL on 2017. The Telstar-18V / APSTAR-5C is procured by Telesat Canada is leasing capacity to APT Satellite.

Telstar-19V (19 Vantage)

Orbital Position: 63° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 2018 (estimated)
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: The Telstar-19V Satellite will be co-located with Telstar-14R.