MUMBAI: Satellite operator Asiasat has signed a launch contract
with Sea Launch for the launch of Asiasat 5 aboard a Zenith-3SLB
rocket on the Land Launch system.
The launch will take place in the second half of 2008.
As had been reported earlier by indiantelevision.com, Asiasat
5 will be built on a SS/Ls 1300 series satellite platform
and will carry 26 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders with an estimated
operational life of 15 years. It will replace Asiasat 2.
AsiaSat 5s C-band footprint will offer an extensive pan-Asian
coverage and its high power Ku-band beams will focus on both East
and South Asia, with a steerable beam that will cover anywhere within
Asiasat 5s geographic coverage.
Asiasat CEO Peter Jackson says, We are pleased to have completed
this major milestone in our procurement of Asiasat 5. The Land Launch
Zenit-3SLB rocket is based on a mature, flight-proven design; it
is a highly reliable launch vehicle that offers the schedule assurance
that meets our requirements for a 2008 launch.
contracts Space Systems/Loral to build Asiasat 5