View Full Version : Sirius FM-5 Satellite scheduled for July 1st launch

06-29-2009, 03:19 PM

"The Sirius FM-5 Satellite, Sirius XM's latest addition to their satellite constellation, is scheduled to launch at 1:10am local time (3:10pm ET) on July 1st from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
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."

Not bad, only one day behind schedule. The new satellite should last for 15 years.

07-02-2009, 02:17 PM
Looks like everything went smoothly...

The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the cosmodrome at 1:10 a.m. today local time (3:10 p.m. EDT, 19:10 GMT). After a 9 hour 14 minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite, weighing over 5.8 metric tons, into geo-transfer orbit. This was the 346th launch for the Proton. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, Russiaís premier space manufacturer.

The SIRIUS FM-5 satellite, located at 96 degrees West, was built on the flight proven Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform and is the fourth satellite in SIRIUSí constellation, all built by Space Systems/Loral. SIRIUS FM-5 is one of the most powerful satellites constructed with an X-band uplink and an S-band downlink payload. The satellite carries a range of technologies which will allow for highly concentrated transmissions to small, advanced devices.


07-02-2009, 08:19 PM
"America's satellite radio company, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite's solar arrays deployed on schedule early this morning, following yesterday's successful launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS)."
"When SIRIUS FM-5 reaches its geostationary orbital slot at 96 degrees West longitude, there will be 56 Space Systems/Loral GEO satellites on orbit."


08-16-2009, 12:01 PM
Any updates on the new satellite?
Is it in operation yet?

08-18-2009, 11:59 PM
Any updates on the new satellite?
Is it in operation yet?

All I have been able to find is this"

'As of 09 July 2009, SIRIUS FM-5 is in orbit and undergoing initial in-orbit testing. '

If anyone has any more information, let us know.

09-01-2009, 11:39 PM

Sirius XMís New Satellite Up And Running
September 1, 2009 (3:00 pm) Tyler Savery
While official word has not yet been released, we have the understanding that Sirius XMís new satellite is up and operational. The new satellite was launched at the end of the second quarter and has been undergoing various tests prior to the company accepting delivery and pumping content through to subscribers.

This latest satellite was contracted by Sirius Satellite radio prior to the merger. Unlike the other satellites in the Sirius constellation, this satellite sits in a fixed geostationary orbit. This satellite is more powerful than the higher orbiting satellites utilized by Sirius in the past. Subscribers to the Sirius feed may notice changes in reception in areas where they were getting ďdrop-outsĒ in the past.

If you are a Sirius subscriber, we here at SiriusBuzz would be interested in knowing if anyone notices any differences in their reception of the Sirius signal

09-22-2009, 12:16 AM
NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that SIRIUS FM-5, the newest addition to the SIRIUS XM satellite fleet, was recently placed into service on the SIRIUS network. The new satellite, which was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, provides improved signal penetration and reception to millions of SIRIUS subscribers nationwide.

"For our SIRIUS subscribers, FM-5 brings significantly improved performance to their cars as well as their homes and offices, or wherever they use their SIRIUS radios," said Terry Smith, Chief Engineering Officer of SIRIUS XM Radio. "We expect FM-5 to provide exceptional service for many years to come, while improving the overall performance, reliability and longevity of our satellite fleet. We congratulate our engineering team on a successful launch and implementation."


09-24-2009, 07:45 PM
One of the key components of the new Sirius FM-5 satellite, which was just recently put into service, is the satellite's massive advanced antenna :

Take a look at it here


During launch, the Harris reflector was stowed onboard the satellite - pretty much like an umbrella. Once on orbit, Space Systems/Loral controllers executed a series of maneuvers to deploy an articulating boom (also made by Harris) and then unfurl the reflector.