SSL-built AsiaSat 8 begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan
PALO ALTO,CA, Aug. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the AsiaSat 8
satellite, designed and built for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd.
(AsiaSat), was launched this morning 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 will begin firing its main thruster early
tomorrow morning in order to start maneuvering into geostationary orbit.
"I would like to thank and congratulate everyone at AsiaSat, SpaceX and SSL
who contributed to the successful launch of AsiaSat 8," said John Celli,
President of SSL. "This is the third SSL-built satellite to join the AsiaSat
fleet. We are very pleased to support AsiaSat in its fleet expansion, and
believe that our ongoing relationship reflects a shared focus on quality,
reliability and value."
AsiaSat 8 is designed to provide direct-to-home (DTH) television service, data
broadcasting, and telecommunications services in Asia and the Middle East
where it will help meet growing market demand and ensure the delivery of
exceptionally high power and quality service to its customers. The satellite
will be co-located with SSL-built AsiaSat 7, and will have four Ku-band beams
serving China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia and a Ka-band
"We have had a close working relationship with SSL for many years," said
William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. "We are very
satisfied with the technology and value that SSL has provided to us. We look
forward to bringing to our customers AsiaSat 8's enhanced power and coverage
in the region."
AsiaSat 8 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which has the
flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.
With this launch, there are 75 SSL-built operational satellites currently on
orbit. SSL has two additional satellites for AsiaSat in its backlog including
AsiaSat 6 which is scheduled to be the next Falcon 9 launch.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), a leading
satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population
with its five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the
newly launched 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 voice
networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat's next
satellite, AsiaSat 6 is scheduled for launch later this month. AsiaSat 9 which
is 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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solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.
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potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and
Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of
advanced technology development.
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operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
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