PALO ALTO, CA, and HONG KONG, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) today announced the signing of a construction agreement for a
high power, multi-mission satellite, AsiaSat 9, to be used for
television broadcast, private networks and broadband services across
the Asia Pacific. The satellite is expected to be launched in 2016.
"SSL and AsiaSat have developed a successful working relationship based
on our mutual focus on quality, reliability and value," said John Celli, President of SSL. "This is our fifth satellite contract award from
AsiaSat since 2006, and we feel there is no better endorsement of our
success than this repeat business."
Designed to operate in C, Ku, and Ka-band, AsiaSat 9 will be located at
122 degrees East Longitude where it will replace AsiaSat 4. AsiaSat 9
will provide service to multiple markets with more active transponders
and higher power performance than the current satellite.
"We can depend on our trusted partner SSL to build the highly reliable
satellites that have helped us earn a reputation for quality service
and technical excellence," said William Wade, President and Chief
Executive Officer of AsiaSat. "We are very pleased that the AsiaSat 9
project is underway and once launched, it will greatly expand our
ability to serve the Asia-Pacific region with higher power and
The satellite is based on the SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which has a long history of reliability and provides the power and
flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology
advances. The AsiaSat 9 spacecraft is designed with the flexibility to
include a weather sensor, at a future date.
AsiaSat's two new satellites AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, scheduled for launch in the first half of 2014, are also built by SSL.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading
regional satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the
world's population with its four satellites, AsiaSat 3S at 105.5ºE,
AsiaSat 4 at 122ºE, AsiaSat 5 at 100.5ºE and AsiaSat 7. 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
voice networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia.
AsiaSat's latest satellites, AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, are planned to be
launched in the first half of 2014. It 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, and
mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on
SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing
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.
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.'s (MDA) common shares trade
under the symbol TSX:MDA.
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information,
which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
Ltd. and its subsidiaries (collectively "MDA" or the "Company") with
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