|AsiaSat III Lifts Off !
News Article by Shah Tahir
|Hong Kong, 21st March, 1999.....AsiaSat 3S, the fourth satellite of
Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), was launched at
08:09 Hong Kong Time (00:09 GMT) on 21st March by a Russian Proton rocket
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Approximately 6 hours and 44 minutes after lift off, the spacecraft successfully separated from the launch vehicle. Over the next few days, AsiaSat 3S will be moved into its geostationary orbit, some 36,000 km above the equator. The new satellite will deploy its solar panels and communications antennas in early April. Following completion of in-orbit
tests towards the end of April, AsiaSat 3S will be positioned in its operating orbital slot of 105.5 degrees East, the current location of AsiaSat 1.
"We are extremely pleased that AsiaSat 3S has successfully been launched and
will soon replace AsiaSat 1. We thank our partners, Hughes Space and Communications and International Launch Services, for their work in making todays launch such a success," said Peter Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
"When our AsiaSat 1 customers migrate to the more powerful AsiaSat 3S, they will enjoy higher power and a wider service area. The additional transponder capacity available on AsiaSat 3S can accommodate new broadcast customers who wish to take advantage of the enormous ground penetration achieved by AsiaSat 1," he added.
AsiaSat 3S, a Hughes HS601HP model, carries 28 C-band and 16 Ku-band linearised transponders and will have a 15-year operational life. With a single C-band footprint, AsiaSat 3S covers over 50 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and the C.I.S. The Ku-band coverage consists of two high powered fixed beams covering South Asia and East Asia, as well as an in-orbit steerable beam.
Existing customers on AsiaSat 1 include STAR TV, Pakistan TV, CCTV and numerous private VSAT networks for business applications in a variety of sectors such as aviation, banking and finance, securities, oil and gas, and publishing.
AsiaSat, the leading regional satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the worlds population with its three satellites, AsiaSat 1, AsiaSat 2 and AsiaSat G. The AsiaSat satellite system provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications markets. Over 70 analogue and digital television channels and many radio channels are now delivered by the companys satellites, reaching some 70 million households, with more than
250 million viewers across the Asia Pacific region. AsiaSat also serves many telecommunications customers for services such as public telephone networks,
private VSAT networks and high speed Internet and multimedia services.
AsiaSat is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on both the Hong Kong (HKSE: 1135) and New York (NYSE: SAT) stock exchanges. AsiaSats two major shareholders are China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) and Société Européenne des Satellites (SES), the operator of Europes premier ASTRA satellite system.