October 24th, 2011
AsiaSat + SS/L... The Early Bird (Satellite)
AsiaSat 7 is a Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) spacecraft that will provide television broadcast, telephone networks and VSAT networks across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat 7 will ultimately replace AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East when the latter reaches its end of life in 2014. “We are very pleased to help AsiaSat meet the growing demand for satellite services in the region,” said John Celli, President of Space Systems/Loral. “We tailor every satellite that we design and build specifically to meet the operator’s needs. For AsiaSat 7 we provided flexibility with switching capability, and a Ka-band payload in addition to C and Ku-band.”
AsiaSat 7 will carry 28 C- and 17 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka- payload. Its region-wide C-band beam covers Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, with Ku-band beams serving East Asia, South Asia and a steerable Ku beam to satisfy market demand. AsiaSat 7 is based on the highly reliable Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform which offers the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances and will provide service for over 15 years.