SSL-built ABS-2 satellite successfully performs post-launch maneuvers

SSL-built ABS-2 satellite successfully performs post-launch maneuvers 
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 plan." 
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 different beams. 
"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 regions." 
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. 
About ABS 
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 
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. 
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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 
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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. 
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employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and 
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