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October 9th, 2017

AsiaSat 9 is On Track, In Position and Begins Transmission

First the launch and all went well, now the test of the transmission and many other elements.

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced successful arrival of AsiaSat 9 at 122 degrees East on October 9, 2017, where it has commenced transmission and will maintain its operational position as replacement for AsiaSat 4. 

AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, which generates a total spacecraft power of 20,700 watts. This new generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, is designed to provide multiple C-, Ku- and Ka-Band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services. 

Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said that they are delighted to report the AsiaSat 9 launch mission has progressed according to plan, and that the efforts of their mission team have come to result in the successful positioning of their largest satellite ever, serving the Asia-Pacific for the next 15 years or more at the key orbital slot of 122 degrees East. 

With cutting-edge features such as 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design, star tracker and hall-effect thrusters AsiaSat 9 is able to deliver an enhanced performance, higher efficiency and operational stability across a wider coverage of high growth markets in Asia. AsiaSat 9 has new Ku-band beams including the world’s first Ku-band Myanmar beam, dedicated Indonesia and Mongolia beams in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and an Asia- Pacific-wide C-band footprint