THOR 6 (Intelsat-1W) at 1° West
|Manufacturer:||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5ECA|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
In April 2007 satellite operator Telenor from Norway ordered the THOR 6 satellite with Thales Alenia Space. The new satellite would provide high power direct-to-home (DTH) television services from the 1° West orbital position.
THOR 6 is based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus-4000B2 platform and fitted with 36 active Ku-band transponders. 16 transponders will point to the Nordic countries, and 20 transponders will be positioned to serve the growing broadcasting demands within Central and Eastern Europe.
THOR 6 is the final satellite in Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s replacement program for THOR 2 and THOR 3. THOR 6 will replace THOR 3, which reached EOL in 2010 but is still in operation. The order called for a 26 month in-orbit delivery schedule, and was expected to start services in summer 2009 with an operational lifetime of 15 years.
In September 2007, satellite operator Intelsat contracted with Telenor to procure 10 Ku-band transponders on the THOR 6 satellite, which are operated at 0.8º West, providing capacity for Intelsat’s 1º West customers. This capacity is referred by the name Intelsat-1W.
The THOR 6 satellite was launched on October 29th 2009 by launch operator Arianespace on an Ariane 5ECA rocket from the Spaceport in French Guiana.