AsiaSat 9 has successfully separated from the upper stage of the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, and its north solar array has been successfully deployed, its operator has announced. It has launched 2 October 2017 and acquired the first signals from its latest satellite in Hong Kong almost eight hours after its launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 29 September and the craft is now moving to its 122° East longitude slot in geostationary orbit. In-orbit testing will follow, before the satellite begins commercial service, delivering direct-to-home (DTH) television services, video distribution and VSAT broadband networks.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the mission teams of our long-time partners – Space Systems Loral, ILS and Khrunichev – for their dedication and professionalism in making today’s launch a huge success. We are eager to see our customers and Asia Pacific benefit from the quality and reliability of service AsiaSat 9 will make available,” said Andrew Jordan, president and CEO of AsiaSat. This next generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, will replace AsiaSat 4 and provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads. AsiaSat 9 will also offer new coverage for high growth markets in Asia, including the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, and high-power Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia. Two enhanced Ku-band beams will serve Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint will offer improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.