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10th anniversary celebration for the ST-1 satellite's launch
October 2, 2008
The 10th anniversary of Arianespace’s launch of the ST-1 satellite for Taiwan was marked with a company-sponsored reception in Taipei.
Orbited by an Ariane 4 in 1998, ST-1 has been providing Asian coverage with its mixed payload of Ku-band and C-band transponders. Because of the Ariane’s highly accurate launch, additional fuel was available to extend the satellite’s operational lifetime.
ST-1 is operated jointly by Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom Company and Singapore Telecom, which are in now discussions for a new follow-on satellite that could be launched in 2010.
“We are proud that we played a small role in the success of ST-1,” said Richard Bowles, the Representative Director of Arianespace’s Singapore-based Asean Office, during his speech at today’s reception. “The announced joint venture to build ST-2 is a clear indication that Chunghwa Telecom Company will retain its leadership role in Taiwan's and Asia's telecommunications industry.”
Bowles underscored Arianespace’s important role in providing commercial launch services for the Asian region – including the orbiting of all 5 satellites entrusted to it by Singtel Optus. He noted the company signed a new contract last month with Korea Telecom to launch Koreasat 6 during the second half of 2010.