ProtoStar Set for July 7 Launch

ProtoStar I, a high power Ku-Band and C-Band satellite that will provide DTH service to Asia, is scheduled for launch on Monday, July 7, from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The flight will take place aboard an Ariane 5-ECA rocket. When the mission is complete, ProtoStar I, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, will enter commercial service at 98.5 degrees East.

The launch was originally scheduled for Friday, July 4. However, Arianespace said an anomaly was identified on the electrical interface between the Ariane 5 launcher and the launch table. Arianespace said it decided to replace equipment tied to the anomaly, which led to the delay.

The footprint of ProtoStar I will support the company's anchor DTH customers from an orbital slot that will provide coverage to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Indochina.