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Thor 6 is a satellite which was launched on the 29th of October, 2009. It will provide DTH and Telecommunication services for the Nordic, Baltic and Middle East regions. In the Nordic areas, the service provider is Canal Digital
Canal Digital is a Scandinavian television distributor and internet service provider that was founded in March 1997 as a joint venture between the French pay-TV company Canal+ and the Norwegian telecommunications operator Telenor...
, which is fully owned by Telenor
Telenor Group is the incumbent telecommunications company in Norway, with headquarters located at Fornebu, close to Oslo. Today, Telenor Group is mostly an international wireless carrier with operations in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia, working predominantly under the Telenor brand...
Based on the Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space is an aerospace company born after the Thales Group bought the participation of Alcatel in the two joint-ventures between Alcatel and Finmeccanica, Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio.-History:...
Spacebus 4000B2 platform and fitted with 36 active Ku
-band transponders, THOR 6 will provide high power direct-to-home (DTH) television services from the orbital location.
will point to the Nordic countries and will be positioned to serve the growing broadcasting demands within Central and Eastern Europe.
The satellite will be launched on an Ariane 5
Ariane 5 is, as a part of Ariane rocket family, an expendable launch system used to deliver payloads into geostationary transfer orbit or low Earth orbit . Ariane 5 rockets are manufactured under the authority of the European Space Agency and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales...
ECA launcher from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana
THOR 6 will replace Thor 3
Thor 3 is a satellite used by Canal Digital in the Nordic areas for DTH services. It has 14 Ku band transponders, and is currently situated at 1 degree west...
, which is set to retire in 2010, and is expected to start services in 2009 with an operational lifetime of 15 years.