SSL selected to build high-power, multi-mission satellite AsiaSat 9

SSL selected to build high-power, multi-mission satellite AsiaSat 9 
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 
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 multi-beam coverage." 
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. 
About AsiaSat 
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, 
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About SSL 
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 
About MDA 
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational 
solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. 
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 
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