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OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - After a manufacturer's investigation into a February 20th anomaly on its Nimiq 2 satellite, Telesat has cleared the satellite to provide direct-to-home television services to Canadians for its full projected life span. Customer service also continues uninterrupted on Nimiq 1, Telesat's other direct-to-home satellite.


"Telesat has a 30-year track record of reliability, and our work on Nimiq 2 shows that our reputation is well-earned," said Larry Boisvert, Telesat's president and CEO. "Anomalies affect all satellite operators, and the question is how you deal with them. Our team addressed this situation quickly, effectively and responsibly. As a result, it's television as usual for Canadians."


When the anomaly occurred on February 20th, Telesat restored the affected traffic immediately with almost no disruption of service to Canadian viewers.

Lockheed Martin, the satellite's manufacturer, has since concluded that the most likely root cause of the anomaly was an electrical short circuit caused by foreign object debris located in a single power carrying connector.


As a result of this random incident, which has been validated by test,the south solar array cannot be recovered. Telesat is currently operating 26 transponders on the satellite and expects only typical array degradation overtime. Nimiq 2 is insured and Telesat will file a claim for the loss of the array.
 

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I've been away from the news on BEV's satellite woes. Can you fill me in?


Is it true that Nimiq1, the original satellite at 91, is back at 91?


And is it true that Nimiq2, which was designed to take over at 91, is now operating at 82? And all (or most all) of the HD is now at 82?
 

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Is it true that Nimiq1, the original satellite at 91, is back at 91?
Yes, with the original programming, including the original HD channels. This will remain the case until all ExpressVu subs are outfitted with the new dual slot dish, then sometime early this fall the HD on 91 will be cut off, and all HD will be on 82.




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And is it true that Nimiq2, which was designed to take over at 91, is now operating at 82?
Yes, and there are 9 HD & 2 ED channels on it right now, with more to come in the next 45 days.


See the HDTV Programming Synopsis & the ExpressVu technical topic in The HDTV Hardware forum for details.
 
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