Following a successful lift-off, AsiaSat 9 will begin moving to its operational position in a geostationary orbit, where in-orbit testing will be carried out, before commencing commercial service at the 122°East orbital location.

AsiaSat 9 takes off

The satellite will be positioned at 122°East orbital location, where it will provide multiple C-, Ku- and Ka-band beams for DTH services, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks, and mobility services

Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) has successfully launched its AsiaSat 9 satellite into space. According to AsiaSat, the next-generation satellite is now moving to its operational position in a geostationary orbit, where in-orbit testing will be carried out over the next few weeks before commercial service is commenced.

Based on the SSL 1300 platform, AsiaSat 9 is designed to replace AsiaSat 4 and provide multiple C-, Ku-, and Ka-band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcast, video distribution, VSAT (very small aperture terminal) broadband networks, and mobility services at 122°East longitude.

AsiaSat 9 will also offer new coverage for growth markets in Asia, including a dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam and “high-power” Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia. This is in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint that offers improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.

Andrew Johnson, president and CEO of AsiaSat, thanked the partners involved in making AsiaSat 9 and the launch a success, and concluded: “We are eager to see our customers and Asia-Pacific benefit from the quality and reliability of service AsiaSat 9 will make available.”

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