Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sirius XM-5



"The XM-5 is a high-power, Digital Audio Radio Service (DARS) satellite that will serve as an in-orbit spare in the SIRIUS XM Radio Satellite Radio fleet, ensuring that SIRIUS XM subscribers across North America receive continued high-quality, digital music, entertainment, and data services. XM-5 has an on-orbit design life of 15 years and will carry a state-of-the-art payload featuring two large, unfurlable mesh antennas. Its end-of-life power capability of more than 18 kilowatts will make it one of the world's most powerful communications satellites."

How cool looking is this thing?

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