PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the ABS-2 satellite, designed and built for ABS, was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch
maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on
schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite will begin firing its main thruster later today in order
to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.
"I would like to thank ABS and Arianespace for working closely with us
to make the launch of ABS-2 a success," said John Celli, president of SSL. "This is the culmination of many hours of hard work
and we are gratified to see the satellite performing according to
ABS-2 is a highly sophisticated multi-mission C, Ku- and Ka-band
satellite designed to provide multiple services including
direct-to-home and cable television distribution, VSAT services, data
networks, and telecommunications services across four continents. The
satellite, which will be positioned at 75 degrees East longitude, has a
total of 89 active C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band transponders across 10
"ABS-2 is an extraordinary satellite and I'd like to thank SSL for its
efforts to work with us to maximize its performance," said Tom Choi,
CEO of ABS. "We look forward to many years of service on this satellite
based on the reliability of the SSL platform. When it enters into
service, ABS-2 will extend the reach of affordable and reliable
communications and broadcast services to a broad swath of underserved
The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of
applications and technology advances. It is designed to provide service
for 15 years or more. With this launch, there are 75 SSL-built
satellites currently on orbit.
ABS is a young, dynamic and fast growing global satellite operator, with
an entrepreneurial and creative business approach. ABS operates five
satellites (ABS-1, ABS-1A, ABS-2i, ABS-3 and ABS-7) from 3 premium
locations at 3°W, 75°E and 116°E. Its sixth satellite ABS-2 was
successfully launched yesterday. Located at 75˚East and fitted with 89
C, Ku, and Ka-band transponders, it will provide broadcasting,
telecommunications and data services for Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe,
the Middle East and Russia/CIS countries.
ABS has also ordered two Boeing 702SP satellites (ABS-3A & ABS-2A
planned for 2014 and 2015 respectively) with the options to add more
satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing satellite fleet.
For more information, visit www.absatellite.com.
T: +65 81898835
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable
satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government
customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial
satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to
provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television
and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and
mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on
SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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operational solutions to commercial and government organizations
MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat
business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant
amount of advanced technology development.
MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500
employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States,
Canada, and internationally.
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