Anik G1

Year: 2013

Type: X-band payload

Sponsor: Telesat Canada

Operator: Telesat

Manufacturer: SSL

Spacecraft: Anik G1


Anik G1

Anik G1, built by SSL for Telesat Canada, is a Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) multi-mission C-band and Ku-band GEO spacecraft designed to support a variety of applications, including Direct-to-Home television broadcasting in Canada and broadband, voice, data and video services in South America.

Anik G1 carries an X-band government communications payload with coverage over the Americas and the Pacific. This is the first commercial satellite to ever have substantial government X-band coverage over the Pacific, making it ideal for naval platforms. The payload, which is compatible with NATO standards, is leased to Astrium Services and supports various government applications such as maritime operations, integrated transit and deployment operations.

SSL was responsible for all aspects of the GEO spacecraft design, integration and test as well as the hosted payload mission integration. SSL provided launch site support, as well as support of orbit raising and in-orbit testing (IOT) of Anik G1 before handing off satellite operations to Telesat. SSL continues to provide on-orbit customer support for the duration of the 15 year mission.

Anik G1 was completed, accepted by the customer, and delivered on schedule, whereupon the satellite was placed into storage until the launch date was confirmed. Anik G1 was successfully launched in April 2013 and is currently operational on orbit.