May 24th, 2010
ABS + KT Corporation... Koreasat-3's Important Name + Ownership Change...
The Koreasat-3 satellite is a Lockheed Martin A2100 spacecraft launched in September of 1999. The satellite has a payload that consists of 24 x 36MHz FSS Ku-band (12 fixed and 12 steerable beams), 6 x 27 MHz BSS Ku-band and 3 x 200 MHz FSS Ka-Band transponders. Koreasat-3 will be renamed as ABS-7 as a result of this transaction.
With sufficient fuel for station-kept operations in geo-stationary orbit for an estimated six to seven years and an additional five to six years of inclined-orbit operations, ABS-7 (Koreasat-3) will provide significant high powered Ku-band and Ka-band capacities to meet ABS's customer demands for cellular backhaul, VSAT services, satellite broadband and US/NATO government requirements in the Middle East region. KT Corporation will continue to provide the satellite operations and Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) services for the ABS-7 (Koreasat-3) spacecraft at the 116 degrees East orbital slot.