Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) today announced that they have contracted for Space Systems/Loral to manufacture the ABS-2 spacecraft which is scheduled for launch in 2013. ABS-2 will have over 12 kW of payload power and up to a total of 87 active C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams bringing increased capacity and transmission power to the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and CIS/Russia.
The ABS-2 spacecraft is based on Space Systems/Loral’s 1300 satellite bus, with a separated mass in excess of 6,000 Kg at launch, and is designed for 15 years of operational life. ABS-2 will be located at the 75 degrees East longitude, ABS’ prime orbital location where ABS-1, ABS-1A, and ABS-1B are currently located. It will cover four-fifths of the world’s population and will expand the business base of ABS-1, which ABS says has a current fill rate of over 90 percent.
ABS-2 is designed for a wide range of services including direct-to-home, cable TV distribution, VSAT services, data networks and telecommunications services.
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