Thales Alenia Space to Build APSTAR 7

Thales Alenia Space announced it has signed a contract with the APT Satellite Company Limited for the design, manufacture and delivery on ground of a high-capacity telecommunication satellite named
APSTAR 7 that will provide reliable broadcasting and telecommunications services over the Asia Pacific Region, Africa, Middle East and a part of Europe.

Based on Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus 4000 C2 platform, APSTAR 7 is equipped with 28 C-band and 28 Ku-band active transponders. With electrical power of 11.4 kW and payload power of 8.4 kW, the satellite is expected to have a minimum of 15 years lifetime. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2012 to replace APSTAR 2R currently operated at 76.5° East Longitude orbital position.