Telesat of Canada says it has signed up an anchor customer that will enable it to purchase and launch a new direct-to-home spacecraft. The customer, Shaw Direct, will lease 16 extended Ku-band transponders for the full 15-year life of the new satellite, which will be inserted at the slot at 107.3 W. Long. To be called Anik G1, the spacecraft will be ordered in the second quarter and is expected to be lofted in the second half of 2012. Shaw Direct, already a customer of Telesat’s Anik F1 and ...

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