Space Systems/Loral to build AsiaSat 6, 8

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 13-11-2011

Two construction deals have been signed between Hong Kong-based AsiaSat and California's Space Systems / Loral for the former's new communications satellites set to serve Asia, the Middle East and Australasia in 2014.
"We are committed to expanding our fleet in order to provide a broader range of services to meet increasing market demands for quality satellite capacity in this region," said William Wade, president and chief executive, AsiaSat.
"Our experience with Space Systems/Loral has been very positive and we look forward to continuing to work together to serve our customers with some of the world's best communications satellites."
Both planned for launch in 2014, AsiaSat 6 will have 28 high power C-band transponders and AsiaSat 8 will have 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band beam.
"AsiaSat and Space Systems/Loral both share a commitment to excellent performance and the highest quality service," said John Celli, president, Space Systems/Loral.
"We delivered AsiaSat 5 in 2009 and AsiaSat 7 was shipped one month ahead of schedule and is currently at launch base in preparation for launch on November 26. I can think of no better endorsement of our success than a repeat order from a satisfied customer."
AsiaSat 7 is currently in preparation for launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan later this month.
AsiaSat's existing orbital fleet of three delivers over 500 television and radio channels to over 620 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region, according to the satellite operator. AsiaSat 3S is located at 105.5ºE, AsiaSat 4 is at 122ºE and AsiaSat 5 at 100.5ºE.