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Arianespace to launch ABS-2 in 2013
Evry, April 27, 2011
Arianespace confirmed today the launch date for the ABS-2 satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS), one of the leading satellite operators in the Asia Pacific. ABS-2 will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in 2013.
The ABS-2 satellite, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral using an LS-1300 platform, will weigh more than 6,000 kg. at launch. It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 75 degrees East where ABS-1, ABS-1A and ABS-1B are currently located. Fitted with C, Ku, and Ka-band transponders, it will provide optimized direct TV broadcast, multimedia applications, telecommunications and data transmission services for Asia, Russia/CIS, Africa and the Middle East.
Arianespace continues to confirm its leadership in the Asian market, as the benchmark supplier of launch Services & Solutions. With this latest announcement and 58 satellites launched to date for Asian operators, Arianespace also confirms its excellent long-standing relations in this key market.
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman & CEO of Arianespace said, “ABS is a dynamic operator with a lot of professional expertise so we are particularly proud to have won their confidence to launch the ABS 2 satellite that will be critical for their company’s future. This latest contract is further recognition of the quality and competitiveness of our launch Service & Solutions.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch service & solutions company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivalled family of launchers, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 25 April 2011, Arianespace had launched with Ariane launchers a total of 292 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 19 Ariane 5 and 18 Soyuz launches, equal to more than three years of business.
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