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Nimiq 1, 2

Nimiq 1 [Lockheed Martin]

Nimiq 1 and 2, high power Ku/Ka-band satellites, feature 32 active 24 MHz Ku-band transponders with 120 Watt power amplifiers, and Nimiq 2 also has a Ka-band payload that will provide broadband services. Nimiq 1 and 2 are an A2100AX satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, with a minimum service life of 12 years. The satellite's name – chosen from 36,000 submissions in a national contest in 1998 – is an Inuit word for any object or force that unites things or binds them together.

Nimiq 2 experienced a malfunction that affected the available power on the spacecraft on 20 February 2003. The satellite is currently generating sufficient power to operate only 26 of the 32 transponders.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: Telesat Canada
Contractors: Lockheed Martin
Equipment: 32 Ku-band transponders (all), 2 Ka-band transponders (#2 only)
Configuration: A2100AX
Propulsion: LEROS-1c
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 12 years
Mass: 3600 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Nimiq 1 (Telesat-DTH 1) 1999-027A 20.05.1999 Ba LC-81/23 Proton-K Blok-DM3
Nimiq 2 (Telesat-DTH 2) 2002-062A 29.12.2002 Ba LC-81/24 Proton-M Briz-M (Mod 1)
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