Thaicom 5 Satellite

Thaicom 5 is a Thai geostationary communications satellite that was launched by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou at 21:09 UT on 27 May 2006. The 2.8 tonne (with fuel) triaxially-stabilized craft will provide television and internet services to the Asia-Pacific region through its 25 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders after parking over 78.5° E longitude. It will replace the aging Thaicom 1 and Thaicom 2 satellites that were launched in 1993 and 1994.

Thaicom 5 is a Spacebus 3000A model built by Alcatel Alenia Space of France, with a footprint covering four continents. The 2.8-tonne Thaicom 5, worth US$100 million, replaced Thaicom 3, which was near the end of its service life at the time of Thaicom 5's launch on 27 May 2006. Thaicom 5 is used for broadcasting, especially Direct-to-Home (DTH) television and High Definition TV, and other telecommunications services.

Satellite Name: Thaicom 5 (Thaicom 4, Agrani 2)
Status: active
Position: 79 E
Norad: 29163
Cospar number: 2006-020B
Operator: Thaicom Plc.
Launch date: 2006-05-27
Launch site: Guiana Space Center
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch mass (kg): 2766
Dry mass (kg): 1220
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Model (bus): Spacebus-3000A
Orbit: GEO
Expected lifetime: 12 yrs.
Call sign:
25 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders to provide television and Internet services to the Asia-Pacific region.
  • C-band Global Beam (active)
  • C-band Regional Beam (active)
  • Ku-band IC Beam (active)
  • Ku-band Thailand Beam (active)