A New Satellite is in the Air

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SIRIUS FM5 Launches on June 30th 2009

What does this mean for you? As a SIRIUSXM Subscriber you can now look forward to a new high powered geostationary satellite that will enhance the SIRIUSXM service. This satellite adds of the already stellar lineup of satellites providing all of us with non-stop entertainment.

Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, this satellite is major investment into the satellite radio industry designed to supplement the exhisting satellites and provided an enhanced service to all of us SIRIUSXM Subscribers.

According to Orbitcast.com, “The Sirius FM-5 Satellite – based on the Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform – is said to be one of the most powerful satellites ever constructed, and will be the first geostationary satellite in Sirius’ roster of satellites.”

The new satellite, which produced nearly 2.5 million pounds of thrust during its launch Yesterday at 3:10pm ET, has the ability to help fill in the outline of SIRIUSXM’s current fleet of satellites.

Mission Statement:

“SIRIUS XM Radio is America’s satellite radio company delivering
commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk,
entertainment, traffic and weather to millions of subscribers.
The SIRIUS XM FM-5 satellite will supplement the existing fleet
of SIRIUS satellites with a high-power geostationary satellite
that enhances the listening experience. It will ensure SIRIUS
XM’s array of audio and data services are received robustly by
cars and mobile devices, improve the signal delivery to homes,
and bolster the continuity of our service for years to come.
SIRIUS XM is installed in vehicles of every major automaker
and available for sale at retail locations nationwide. SIRIUS
XM offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first live in-vehicle rear seat
entertainment, featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and
Cartoon Network, as well as XM NavTraffic® service for GPS
navigation systems, delivering real-time traffic information to
markets across North America.”
Specifications of the Proton launch vehicle:

Total Height
58.2 m (191 ft)
Gross Liftoff
Weight

705,000 kg
(1,554,000 lb)
Propellant
UDMH and N2O4

from ILSLaunch.com

This satellite marks the 4th SIRIUS Satellite that has been launched on a Proton launch vehicle.

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