The Thor 6 satellite, owned by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS, a subsidiary of Norway’s telecommunication provider Telenor, is ready to be shipped to Kourou in French Guyana for launch.
The launch is scheduled for an Ariane 5 on October 29, 2009. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor of the spacecraft, which will be launched by Arianespace for service over Nordics and Central European regions from the 1 degree West orbital location. Thor 6 is scheduled to leave the Thales Alenia Space Cannes plant on September 28th. Based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000 B2 platform, Thor 6 has a launch mass of 3,050 kg at launch and is fitted with 36 Ku-band transponders. This 7 Kw bird will provide high power services over Europe during a minimum of 15 years lifetime. Thor 6 will provide high power DTH television broadcasting services. It will replace Thor 3, which is set to retire in 2010, and will also provide additional transponder capacity.