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Later renamed Directv 3, also know as Nimiq 3


Designation 23598 / 95029A
Launch date 10 Jun 1995
Country of origin United States
Mission Direct TV
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Ariane V74

Will be used for power enforcement.

On 4 May 2002, the main SCP died and the control was transfered to the backup one. The satellite will now be used only as a on-orbit backup.

It was removed from service in Oct 2002 and sent to a storage orbit. It was recalled in Sep 2003 and leased to Telesat Canada till 31 Dec 2006 to provide backup of Nimiq 2. There are plans to use it colocated with Nimiq 1 in order to broadcast some channels in high power mode.


Begin End Position
L: 10 Jun 1995 Oct 2002 101°W
Sep 2003 81.8°W, inclined
Aug 2004 Feb 2006 91°W
Mar 2006 Apr 2009 82°W
Apr 2009 May 2009 82°W, inclined

End of life

Out of service May 2009
Cause Moved to the junk orbit

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Technical data

EIRP coverage (dBW)

Ku-band DBS US frequency chart

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