AsiaSat 9 set to launch on September 28 via Baikonur

AsiaSat 9
AsiaSat 9 awaits launch. Image credit: AsiaSat/SSL

AsiaSat 9 – AsiaSat’s next and most powerful satellite – is set for launch on September 28 on a Proton M/Breeze M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after being in storage at Space Systems Loral’s facility.

AsiaSat 9 will replace AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East, and will deliver significantly improved performance and higher efficiency for customer services, AsiaSat says.

AsiaSat 9 is an SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload.

New services on AsiaSat 9 include the world’s first dedicated Ku-band beam for Myanmar, as well as new Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia. The payload also includes two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and a C-band footprint that offers wider high-power coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region. AsiaSat 9’s five Ku-band beams are equipped with cross-strap beam switching capability to provide flexible coverage.

Features onboard the AsiaSat 9 satellite include a C-band TWTA at 110 watts, combined with special filter design to achieve higher bandwidth for higher throughput, an increase of 23% across wider coverage; fitted hall effect thrusters and star tracker to achieve higher stability and reliability in satellite operation; and better performance at the edge of beam coverage.

“We are excited to announce the launch date of the AsiaSat 9 mission following the long-awaited return of Proton’s service and its recent successful launch in June,” said AsiaSat president and CEO Andrew Jordan. “With our newest satellite AsiaSat 9, we are primed to serve existing customers and new users as we reach a new milestone, presenting more cost-efficient opportunities, enhanced quality and faster services for applications through mobility, broadband data networks, and DTH services.”

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