NIMIQ 6 is a commercial communications Satellite that was built by Space Systems/Loral and is operated by Telesat, Canada. It will become part of Telesat’s fleet of NIMIQ Satellites and will be permanently leased by Bell TV which will use it to service direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television subscribers across Canada.
The Spacecraft has liftoff mass of 4,745 Kilograms and is based on the LS-1300 Satellite Platform. The Main Payload of NIMIQ 6 are 32 Ku-Band Transponders. Electrical Power for the Satellite Payload is generated by two deploayable solar arrays and stored in on-board batteries. NIMIQ 6 will operate from an Orbital Position of 91.1 Degrees West in Geostationary Orbit. It will be operational for at least 15 years providing coverage for all parts of Canada. After being delivered to Geostationary Transfer Orbit by the Proton-M/Briz-M Launch Vehicle, the Satellite uses its own Propulsion System to adjust its orbit and achieve its final Geostationary Position.
The Spacecraft Commissioning period will last several weeks before the satellite begins operations as part of the NIMIQ Fleet.