PALO ALTO, CA, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the AsiaSat 6 satellite, designed and built for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), was launched Saturday evening and is successfully performing
post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its
solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Falcon 9 launch vehicle provided by SpaceX. The satellite began firing its main thruster last night in order to
start maneuvering into geostationary orbit.
"This is the second SSL-built satellite launched within two months for
AsiaSat," said John Celli, president of SSL. "I would like to thank everyone at launch base and
the teams that saw AsiaSat 6 through from design to launch for their
hard work and commitment to put it into orbit."
AsiaSat 6 is designed to provide broadcasting, telecommunications and
broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region where it will help
meet the fast growing demand for quality satellite services.
"SSL has been an excellent partner in our recent fleet expansion," said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. "Congratulations to
everyone at SSL, SpaceX and AsiaSat who helped make this launch a
AsiaSat 6 has 28 C-band transponders and will be positioned at 120
degrees East longitude. It has two beams, one which is global and one
which is regional, offering coverage over Asia, Australasia, Central
Asia, and the Pacific islands, with enhanced power and look angles over
Pacific Rim countries. It is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and
SSL has now provided four satellites to AsiaSat and has an additional
satellite, AsiaSat 9, currently under construction in its Palo Alto
manufacturing facility. With this launch, there are 76 SSL-built GEO
satellites currently on orbit.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), a leading
satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's
population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5,
AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat
satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and
telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels
are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over
710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also
provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as
private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 9 on order from
SSL is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a
company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code:
1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.
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, mobile
communications, and Earth observation. Billions of people around the
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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