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December 9th, 2013

Space Systems/Loral (SSL), Arianespace + Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS)—The Main Journey Is About To Start (Pre-Launch Activities)

[SatNews] Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has announced that the ABS-2 satellite, designed and built for ABS, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.

ABS-2 is a highly sophisticated and flexible satellite optimized to provide multiple services for a broad swath of regions.

ABS-2 is a multi-mission C-, Ku- and Ka-band satellite, designed to provide multiple services including direct-to-home and cable television distribution, VSAT services, data networks, and telecommunications services across four continents. The satellite will be positioned at 75 degrees East longitude, which is ABS’ prime orbital location.

ABS-2 is a high power satellite with an advanced data handling architecture and a total of 89 active C-, Ku- and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams. The satellite includes six dedicated high powered Ku-band beams for Direct-To-Home (DTH) television services in the Eastern Hemisphere and provides high powered C-Band beams for Africa and Southeast Asia connectivity requirements. ABS-2's Ka-band beam is positioned over the Middle East and North African region, where it will provide service for  commercial and military applications.

Technicians at work on the ABS-2 satellite build at the SSL facility. Photo courtesy of SSL.
ABS-2 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 designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

“ABS-2 is a very advanced satellite that has the capability to improve the human experience by providing services for 60 percent of the world’s population,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are pleased that the satellite has arrived safely at launch base and look forward to seeing it launch early next year.”

“SSL has provided us with one of the largest satellites ever to be launched in the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “With ABS-2, ABS will extend the reach of affordable and reliable communications and broadcast services to the emerging markets of the world. We are very excited that the satellite has been delivered to launch base and eagerly anticipate its launch.”

For additional SSL info: http://www.sslmda.com/

For additional Asia Broadcast Satellite info: http://www.absatellite.net/

For additional Arianespace info: http://www.arianespace.com/