Ciel launches space operations

Ciel-logo.JPGOttawa’s Ciel Satellite Group commences space operations with the launch of Ciel II in Kazakhstan. The satellite, which will transmit high-definition broadcasts, will be controlled at the company’s new facility in Saskatoon. The control centre is currently testing Ciel II’s onboard systems, before offering the orbiter’s services commercially early in the new year. Ciel Satellite is now looking for customers to fill the satellite’s six available transmission slots, alongside anchor customer Dish Network Corp., a major provider of satellite television. Ciel II will broadcast from geostationary orbit, “hovering” above a fixed point on earth, its orbiting speed matching that of the planet’s rotation.

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