4 To Fly on Atlas 3
Satellite Telecommunications Company Ltd. (AsiaSat) has contracted
with International Launch Services (ILS)
to launch the AsiaSat 4 satellite aboard a Lockheed Martin-built
Atlas 3. The launch of the Hughes HS 601 HP satellite is scheduled
for the first half of 2002. The satellite would be positioned at
Financial details were not disclosed.
4, a Hughes HS601 HP satellite, will carry 28 C-band and 20
Ku-band transponders, with an operational life of 15 years. The
C-band payload will offer pan-Asian coverage, similar to that of
AsiaSat’s two other satellites, AsiaSat 2 and AsiaSat 3S.
Ku-band payload, offering high power and spot beams for selected
areas, will consist of 16 Ku-band transponders operating in the
Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) frequency band and four designed to
operate in the Broadcast Satellite Service (BSS) frequency band.
Assigned by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to
Hong Kong at 122°E, these BSS
frequencies allow broadcasters to offer Direct-to-Home (DTH)
service in Hong Kong on AsiaSat 4.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications
Holdings Limited, a company listed on both the Hong Kong and New
York stock exchanges. AsiaSat's two major shareholders are China
International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) and Société
Européenne des Satellites (SES), the operator of Europe's premier
ASTRA satellite system.
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