Thor 5, also known as Thor 2R is a Norwegian communications satellite. It was successfully launched for Telenor atop an International Launch Services Proton-M/Briz-M carrier rocket, at 11:34 GMT on 11 February 2008. It is based on the STAR-2 satellite bus, and was constructed by Orbital Sciences Corporation. It carries 24 Ku band transponders, to provide direct-to-home television broadcasting. After launch, the Briz-M upper stage placed Thor 5 directly into a geosynchronous orbit, eliminating the need for orbital raising manoeuvres and making the spacecraft able to save weight by carrying less fuel. It is positioned at a longitude of 1° West.
|Manufacturer||Orbital Sciences Corporation|
|Launch mass||1,960 kilograms (4,320 lb)|
|Power||3,600 watts from solar panels|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||11 February 2008, 11:34UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 200/39|
|Perigee altitude||35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||35,780 kilometres (22,230 mi)|
- "ILS Proton successfully launches THOR 5 satellite". ILS. Archived from the original on 2008-02-26.
- Gunter's Space Page - Thor 5