SSL-built AsiaSat 8 begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

 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  payload.  "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.  About AsiaSat  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.  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, mobile communications, and Earth observation.  Billions of  people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day.  For more  information, visit www.sslmda.com.  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, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and  Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of  advanced technology development.  MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees  operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.'s (MDA) common shares trade on the  Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."  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