Ariane has a busy Paris Air Show

Chris Forrester

Arianespace is enjoying a busy Paris Air Show, signing up a handful of new launch contracts.

For example, Asia Broadcast Satellite has chosen Arianespace to launch its ABS-2 communications satellite. This is the 10th contract signed by Arianespace in 2009. The launch of ABS-2 into geostationary transfer orbit is scheduled for the first half of 2012. It will be launched by an Ariane 5 ECA from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

ABS-2 is the first satellite for which ABS has chosen an Arianespace launch. The ABS-2 satellite will weigh about 6,000 kg at launch and offers a design life exceeding 15 years. With a payload power of 15 kW it will be fitted with a hybrid C, Ku and Ka-band payload. Positioned at 75 deg East, ABS-2 will offer a wide range of services for Asia, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

Ariane will also take care of ST-2 for Singapore and Taiwan. ST-2 Satellite Ventures Pte Ltd (STS), a joint venture formed by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and Chunghwa Telecom Company Ltd (Chunghwa), has selected Arianespace to launch its new telecommunications satellite, ST-2. This satellite will replace ST-1 launched by Arianespace in 1998.

ST-2 will be launched by an Ariane 5 ECA during the second quarter of 2011 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

The satellite will be built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan, using the DS2000 platform and will have a lift-off mass of more than 5 100 kg. The satellite will carry C and Ku band transponders providing fixed and mobile satellite services as well as Voice and Data IP based services for businesses, particularly DTH operators and Shipping companies in Asia and the Middle East. ST-2 will have a 15 year on orbit lifetime.