The new satellite serving
SiriusXM is ready for service.
The company said Sirius
FM-6 was placed in orbit successfully. It was made by Space Systems/Loral
and launched in late October from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
aboard an International Launch Services Proton.
orbit raising, deployments and in-orbit tests are now successfully completed,”
the company announced. “The satellite will be situated at 116.15 degrees west
longitude, over the western United
States, and is designed to operate over North America.”
Co-founder and Technical Director Robert Briskman was quoted
by the company saying the new bird “will bolster the reliability and longevity
of our satellite fleet for many years to come.”
a promotional YouTube video from manufacturer SS/L, with lots of pix of the 20
kW satellite and discussions of how it differs from earlier Sirius satellites. The
project is the seventh bird from the manufacturer for
the satellite radio company.