There's a new kid in the satellite radio neighborhood.
XM-3 - the technical name for XM Satellite Radio Inc.'s (xm.com) newest satellite - joined siblings Rock and Roll in orbit after being launched from a platform in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 28.
Rock is the nickname for XM-1, and Roll is the nickname for XM-2. Both were launched in 2001.
XM-3 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc. (boeing.com/satellite) of El Segundo, Calif., at a cost of $250 million. The price included the launch from the Sea Launch Odyssey Launch Platform.
XM spokesman Chance Patterson says it will be three or four months before tests are complete and XM-3 enters service.
At that time XM-3 may get a nickname. In fact, XM might even hold a contest to choose a name for the new satellite, he says.