Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Space Systems/Loral to Build AsiaSat 5 Satellite

Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has been chosen by Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Hong Kong, to build AsiaSat 5.

AsiaSat 5, a fixed satellite services (FSS) spacecraft expected to launch in 2008, will replace and expand upon the services provided by AsiaSat 2 at 100.5 degrees East longitude. The satellite will be based on SS/L's 1300 platform, which features qualified, flight proven subsystems and a long record of reliable operation.

The satellite's payload will carry both C- and Ku-band transponders and has a 15-year mission life. AsiaSat 5 will be compatible with a range of commercial launch vehicles.

AsiaSat currently serves over two- thirds of the world's population with its three satellites, AsiaSat 2, AsiaSat 3S and AsiaSat 4.



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