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Skynet 5  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 4
Unitary Cost: USD$2.0 billion
Also Known As: Skynet 5A, Skynet 5B and Skynet V
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: EADS Astrium, LogicaCMG, Paradigm* and Serco   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Skynet 5
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 4
Total Cost: USD$4.0 billion
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Description: The Skynet 5 satellite constellation is being designed to provide secure and reliable communications to the British Armed Forces. It will replace current Skynet 4 satellite constellation beginning in 2005. Skynet 5 should be operational beginning in 2005 until 2018. Two 2.5/3 tons satellites will be manufactured under this program. In early 2005, the in-service date was delayed to 2006.

The Paradigm Consortium, wholly owned by EADS, was awarded a £2.5 billion contract in 2003 for Skynet 5 development and full service life related services. Under Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative (PFI), the company took over operations of the entire UK MOD satellite communications network in May 2003.

On September 9, 2004, Paradigm Secure Communications Limited signed a contract to deliver secure satellite communications services to the Portuguese Chief of Defense. These services are planned to be performed using UK MoD's Skynet satellite communications network.

EADS Astrium selected Arianespace's Ariane 5 launch system to put into orbit Skynet 5A and Skynet 5B satellites after an extensive competition among major launch service providers. The contract was signed in December 2004 and included an option on a further satellite launch. Skynet 5A launch was scheduled for summer of 2006 and 5B in mid-2007.

The UK MoD announced that the Skynet PFI program entered service, March 21, 2005, with the satellites launches expected later in this decade. Approximately 1,900 people will be employed across the UK and the MoD will save around £100 million compared to conventional acquisition programs. Skynet 5 will provide communications capacity 2.5 times greater than existing systems until 2018, when the program will expire.

In December 2005 the UK MoD approved a third Skynet 5 satellite, named Skynet 5C, providing back-up for the entire system. Skynet 5C was scheduled for launch at the end of 2008 extending the service life of the Skynet 5 constellation through 2020, two years more than early plans.

In early September 2006 the Netherlands Ministry of Defense signed a data transfer based multi-year contract with Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd. getting access to Skynet 4 and Skynet 5 satellite communications networks.

Skynet 5 Specifications

Weight: 3,000 kilogram (6,614 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Skynet 5 News

There are 12 news between
23 Oct 2003 and 7 Nov 2013
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Thursday, November 7, 2013UK MoD Takes Delivery of New Tactical, Land and Maritime X-band Satcom Terminals
Thursday, March 11, 2010Skynet 5 to Support UK MoD Operations Until 2022
Tuesday, March 9, 2010United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Orders Fourth Skynet 5 Spacecraft
Thursday, June 12, 2008Skynet 5C Communications Satellite Launched Successfully from Korou
Thursday, November 15, 2007Second Skynet 5 Satellite Successfully Launched from Kourou
Tuesday, November 13, 2007RAF to Get Falcon Battlefield Communications
Monday, March 12, 2007Ariane 5 Successfully Launches Skynet 5A Spacecraft into Space
Friday, September 8, 2006Netherlands Gets Access to Skynet Secure Communications
Tuesday, December 20, 2005MoD Green Light for Third Skynet 5
Tuesday, July 5, 2005BAE Systems Selected for FALCON Tactical Information System

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total ?3

Skynet 5 Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
Skynet 5A Ariane 5 - Kourou11 Mar 2007--
Skynet 5B Ariane 5 - Kourou14 Nov 2007--
Skynet 5C Ariane 5 - Kourou12 Jun 2008--
Skynet 5D Ariane 5 - Kourou2013--

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