Anik F1 at 107° West
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 44LP|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
The Anik satellites are a series of geostationary communication satellites operated by satellite operator Telesat in Canada. The satellites are used for television, voice and datas in Canada and other parts of the world from 1972 thru 2013. The remaining Anik satellites that are still active are Anik F1, Anik F1R (replacing Anik F1), Anik, F2, Anik F3 and Anik AG1. The naming of the satellites was determined by a national contest. In Inuktitut, Canada’s national principal Inuit languages, Anik means “little brother”.
In March 1998 Telesat ordered the Anik F1 communications satellite with Boeing. The satellite is based on Boeing’s BSS-702 model featuring 84 active transponders: 36 in C-band and 48 in Ku-band. The spacecraft provides general telecommunications services for North and South America. The satellite was designed for an end-of-life power of 16 kW. Anik F1 was launched in late 2000.
Anik F1 suffered from a generic failure of the early BSS-702 model: the fogging of the concentrator mirrors on the solar arrays leaded to reduced available power. Anik F1 was replaced by Anik F1R with Anik F1 switching to serving only South America.
Anik F1 satellite was successfully launched on November 20th, 2000, on an Ariane 44L rocket, operated by launch operator Arianespace, from the Kourou Space Port in French Guyana.