VANCOUVER, B.C. --- The world's largest commercial communications satellite, Telesat's Anik F2, became fully operational this week following final in-orbit testing. Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency, joined Paul Bush, Telesat Vice President, and other space industry leaders in making the announcement during the International Astronautical Congress, the world's premier space event, now being held in Vancouver.
Telesat's Anik F2 will deliver leading-edge multimedia services to clients across North America through its C- and Ku-band transponders. Piloting a demonstration module funded by a unique private-public partnership, Anik F2 is making history as the first satellite to fully commercialize the Ka frequency band. Technologies designed for this new frequency have the potential to connect the last kilometre, delivering cost-effective, two-way broadband, Internet, tele-health, tele-learning and e-government services to commercial clients and Canadians wherever they live.
"Anik F2 delivers groundbreaking and innovative technology that is reinforcing the Government of Canada's commitment to connecting Canadians living and working in remote, rural and urban communities throughout our country," Dr. Garneau said. "It also demonstates the Canadian space industry's unbeatable capabilities in working together to design, launch and deliver state-of-the-art, high-speed, multimedia communications services to meet the evolving needs of Canadians.
"For 35 years, Telesat has been committed to bring Canadians state-of-the-art communications services, and Anik F2 is the latest example of this vision," Mr. Bush said. "Telesat's Anik F2 enables cost-effective, two-way, high-speed Internet access - anywhere and anytime. For Canadians, this opens the door to vast improvements in the delivery of both business communications and public services."
The Ka-band demonstration module is the product of a public-private partnership formed between the Canadian Space Agency, Communications Research Canada, Telesat, EMS Technologies, and COM DEV. The delivery of interactive high-speed broadband services to citizens living in all regions of Canada is a cornerstone of the Government of Canada's National Satellite Initiative.
The National Satellite Initiative enhances services and addresses the high cost of broadband access for communities in the far and mid-north, and in remote areas of Canada. Broadband access using Anik F2's Ka-band technology will deliver first-rate interactive healthcare, learning and e-government services and will provide Canada's remote communities with a window on the world.
Most of CSA's total investment of $80 million in Anik F2 went towards the development and production of advanced satellite communications technology by ComDev and EMS. As a result, Telesat will provide the Government of Canada $50 million worth of multimedia satellite services dedicated to the National Satellite Initiative.
"COM DEV's contribution to Anik F2, known as BEAM*LINK, was a vote of confidence in our ability to develop innovative and cost effective space payloads," said John Keating, CEO of COM DEV.
"EMS Technologies is especially pleased in helping make Anik F2 such as success through the development of our experimental first-of-its-kind onboard processor, known as SpaceMux, as well as through the provision of the main transmit Ka-Band spot beam antennas," said Alan L. Haase, senior vice president and general manager of EMS Space & Technology / Montreal.
Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems, Anik F2 was launched July 17 on an Ariane 5G rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace provided mission management. Anik F2 was Telesat's fifteenth successful satellite launch. (ends)
Canadian Space Agency Marks Launch of Breakthrough Satellite Services for Canadians