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AsiaSat 7 launched

Saturday 26 Nov 2011
AsiaSat 7, a new communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), was successfully launched today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

AsiaSat 7

The satellite was placed in orbit after being launched on a Russian Proton-M rocket.

AsiaSat 7 is a new generation satellite designed to replace AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East.

It will support a broad range of applications for the Asia-Pacific region, including television broadcast and VSAT networks.

“We are extremely pleased that AsiaSat 7 has successfully achieved this significant launch milestone,” AsiaSat’s President and CEO, William Wade, said.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of our partners, International Launch Services, Khrunichev and Space Systems/Loral, for their precision and professionalism in achieving this launch success.”

AsiaSat 7 carries 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload.

Its region-wide high power C-band beam covers Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Central Asia, with Ku-band beams serving East Asia, South Asia and a steerable Ku beam.