Satellite operator Asiasat has signed a construction agreement with Space Systems/Loral
(SS/L) to design and build Asiasat 5, a replacement satellite for Asiasat 2.
5 will launch in the second quarter of 2008. It will be built on a SS/Ls
1300 series satellite platform and will carry 26 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders
with an estimated operational life of 15 years.
Asiasat 5s C-band
footprint will offer a more powerful pan-Asian coverage than that of AsiaSat 2.
Its Ku-band coverage will consist of three high power beams, two of which will
cover East Asia and South Asia and an in-orbit steerable beam that can be positioned
to provide service anywhere within Asiasat 5s geographic coverage.
Asiasat 5 is designed
to replace Asiasat 2 at the orbital location of 100.5 degrees East in advance
of Asiasat 2s scheduled retirement of 2010. Launching Asiasat 5 satellite
two years earlier than required allows sufficient time to construct and launch
a replacement satellite if necessary.
Asiasat CEO Peter Jackson says,
The SS/L 1300 series satellite is a space-proven platform and it offers
the performance, reliability and cost effectiveness our customers require for
AsiaSat 5. This satellite will allow Asiasat to expand our capacity and provide
Asiasat with the capability of serving more diverse satellite services from this
popular orbital slot of 100.5 degrees East.
"Planning this project
well ahead of Asiasat 2s retirement confirms our commitment to ensure continuity
of service to our customers in the years ahead.