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SSL delivers AsiaSat 6 to Cape Canaveral launch base
|By PR Newswire
|July 30, 2014 09:00 PM EDT
PALO ALTO, CA and HONG KONG, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) today announced that AsiaSat 6 has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where
it will be launched by SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle next month, following the launch of AsiaSat 8 currently scheduled for next week.
"AsiaSat, SpaceX and SSL are teaming on two consecutive launches," said John Celli, President of SSL. "I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in
successfully executing the logistics of both AsiaSat 8 and AsiaSat 6 at
launch base and to thank our customer, AsiaSat for its ongoing
confidence in SSL."
AsiaSat 6 is designed to provide broadcasting, telecommunications and
broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region. When launched,
AsiaSat 6 will be positioned at 120 degrees East longitude where it
will help fulfill the fast growing demand for quality satellite
"SSL and AsiaSat designed AsiaSat 6 with the flexibility and capability
to provide high quality and reliable satellite services across the Asia
Pacific," said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. "We are pleased that
the satellite has arrived safely at the launch base and look forward to
making new capacity available to our users and service providers."
Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom) is a partner of AsiaSat on AsiaSat 6 and will be using half of the
satellite's capacity to provide services under the name of Thaicom 7.
Equipped with 28 transponders, AsiaSat 6 has two beams, one global beam
and one regional beam, offering region-wide coverage over Asia,
Australasia, Central Asia, and the Pacific Islands, with enhanced power
and look angles over Pacific Rim countries.
AsiaSat 6 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of
applications and technology advances. It is the fourth satellite that
SSL has provided to AsiaSat and the company continues to build an
additional satellite, AsiaSat 9, which SSL counts among its backlog of
23 geostationary satellites.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), a leading
satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's
population with its four satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5
and AsiaSat 7. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both
the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television
and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites
offering access to over 710 million TV households across the
Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators
and end users services such as voice networks, private VSAT networks
and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, are now at the Cape
Canaveral launch base, under preparation for launch in August. AsiaSat
9 which is on order from SSL is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications
Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong
Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.
SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft
systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As a
leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely
with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of
services including television and radio distribution, digital audio
radio, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth
observation. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL
satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information,
which reflect the current view of Space Systems/Loral (SSL) with
respect to future events and financial performance. When used in this
news release, the words "believes", "expects", "plans", "may", "will",
"would", "could", "should", "anticipates", "estimates", "project",
"intend" or "outlook" or other variations of these words or other
similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements
and information. Actual results may differ materially from the
expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as
a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Known risks and
uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with
operating satellites and providing satellite services, including
satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit
failures or impaired satellite performance; risks associated with
satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SSL's
end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers,
performance of suppliers and management of SSL's factory and personnel;
risk associated with financial factors such as volatility in exchange
rates, increases in interest rates, restrictions on access to capital,
and swings in global financial markets; risks associated with domestic
and foreign government regulation, including export controls and
economic sanctions; and other risks, including litigation. The
foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information
contained in this news release reflects SSL's beliefs, assumptions,
intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release.
Except as required by law, SSL disclaims any obligation or undertaking
to update or revise the information herein.
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