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Telenor
A Norwegian satellite operator. Its satellites are called after Thor Heyerdahl.

Current Satellites

Thor 3
Launch date: 11.6.1998
Location : 0.8 degrees west
Main contractor: Hughes
Platform :HS 376
Launcher : Delta 7925
Launch site : Cape Canaveral
Launch mass : 1467 kg
Transponders : 14 in Ku-band
Life expectancy : 11 years

Thor 5 ( originall called Thor 2R)
Launch date : 1.2.2008
Location : 0.8 degrees west
Main contractor : Orbital
Platform :STAR 2
Launch services : ILS
Launcher Proton M/Breeze M
Launch site : Baikonour
Launch mass : 1960 kg
Transponders : 24 in Ku-band
Life expectancy : 15 years

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Thor 6
Launched : 29.10.2009
Location : 0.8 degrees west
Main contractor : Thales Alenia Space
Platform : Spacebus 4000B2
Launching services : Arianespace
Launcher : Ariane -5
Launch site :French Guiana
Launch mass : 3050 kg
Transponders : 36in Ku-band
Life expectancy : 15 years

Decommissioned Satellites

Thor 1 ( Ex. Marco Polo 2 )
Launch date : 18.08.1990
Location : 0.8 degrees west
Main contractor : Hughes
Main contractor : HS-376HP
Launcher : Delta 6925
Launch site : Cape Canaveral
Launch mass : 1451 kg
Transponders : 5 in Ku-band
Life expectancy : 11 years

Thor 2
Launch date : 21.05.1997
Original Location : 0.8 degrees west . Moved to 5 degrees east in August 2008. Leased by SES SIrius. Was put out of service by the end of April 2009.
Main contractor : Hughes
Platform : Spacebus-3000B2
Launcher : Delta 7925
Launch site : Cape Canaveral
Launch mass : 1451 kg
Transponders : 14 in Ku-band
Life expectancy : 11 years

Company's center in Fornebu
History & Overview

Original name : Norwegian Telecommunications ( till 1994)

The company's satellite activity started in 1992, when it purchased the Marco Polo 2 satellite that for a short period of time distributed the new British BSkyB , formed after a merger between failing SKY Television and British Satellite Braodcasting BSB. The satellite was originally positioned at 31degrees west .The company renamed it Thor 1 and moved it to 0.8 degrees west. In January 2000 it was already in inclined position but nevertheless, it contimued to operate from this position until November 2002, when it was moved to 7.4 degrees west, where it continued to beam digital services to Scandinavia.

Future Satellites
 
THOR 5

Northern Beam

European Beam


THOR 5 launch poster click to enlarge

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