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Canadian owned Ciel Satellite Group has announced that its Ciel II communications satellite was successfully carried into space onboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last Wednesday.

The Ciel II communications satellite will be providing high definition television services into the North American market; the anchor customer is DISH Network Corporation.

Ciel II is expected to operate for at least 15 years and will be capable of serving all regions of Canada visible from 129 degrees West Longitude, as well as the larger North American market; the design was closely coordinated with DISH Network Corporation, a primary customer for the new satellite. The Ciel Satellite Group was awarded the license for 129 degrees West from Industry Canada in October 2004. Ciel II will be operated from the new Satellite Operations Centre at SED Systems located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The satellite is designed to provide 10.6 kilowatts of power to the communications payload at end of life, which consists of 32 Ku-band transponders. The all Ku-band BSS satellite features high frequency re-use and both regional and spot beams.
 

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Do you think Bell will buy some spots or Star Choice?
Bell isn't going to use it at 129 degrees. Dishnetwork is using it. I suspect Dish will replace it with one of they're own sats, then Ciel II can be repurposed.
 

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This is really good news for Dish Network HD customers. The existing satellite at 129 has serious issues resulting in signal dropouts all the time. Not good for premium HD customers.
 
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