Sirius To Launch New Satellite
June 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM (PT)
SIRIUS XM is about to launch the FM-5 satellite, glitches notwithstanding, out of the country of KAZAKHSTAN later TODAY. According to SATELLITE TODAY, it will be launched on board an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze rocket.
The new satellite will be able to send clearer signals to SIRIUS XM’s smaller receiver units. The FM-5, along with the soon-to-be-launched FM-6, are part of SIRIUS’ plans to replace three active SIRIUS satellites -- once per year through 2012 -- and consolidate transponders.