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Post-Launch Testing Under Way for New Sirius XM Satellite

Space Systems/Loral-built satellite is in-orbit spare

Space Systems/Loral said this week that its latest satellite for Sirius XM Satellite Radio is performing post-launch maneuvers in its geosynchronous orbit according to plan.

The XM-5 satellite’s solar arrays have deployed on schedule, following last week’s launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. International Launch Services provided the Proton Breeze M rocket.

Sirius XM Co-founder and Technical Executive Rob Briskman said it’s the sixth satellite that Space Systems/Loral has built for the satcaster and the second to be delivered to geostationary orbit.

XM-5, a 20-kW satellite intended to serve as an in-orbit spare, will be tested in a temporary orbital location before shifting to its permanent orbital slot.