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Anik E 1, 2

Anik E1 [Telesat]

The Anik E's provide North America-wide communications in both the C-band (6/4 GHz) and higher power Ku-band (14/12 GHz), and each satellite carries the equivalent of 56 analog television channels. This capacity is provided by a instrument called a transponder. Anik carries 24 C-band transponders and 16 Ku-band transponders, with each Ku-band transponder carrying two analog television signals.

The Anik E satellites use the three-axis stabilized GE Astrospace AS-5000 Bus.

Anik E2 was launched in April 1991, on board an Ariane rocket. When Anik E1 was launched in September of 1991, it was to be the most powerful satellite in commercial use in all of North America. Anik E1 had the ability to hold 56 television channels compared to the standard 16.

On 26 March 1996, however, Anik E1 failed when the southern solar panel ripped off, causing power to be lost to the satellite. Anik E2 suffered damage during an geomagnetic storm, leading to reduced performance.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Telesat Canada
Contractors: GE
Equipment: 24 C-band transponders, 16 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: AS-5000
Propulsion: 2 × TR-306
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 12 years
Mass: 2977 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Anik E1 1991-067A 26.09.1991 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44P H10
Anik E2 1991-026A 04.04.1991 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-44P H10

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