SSL-Built ABS 2 Satellite Launch Successful

ABS logo on Ariane 5

ABS logo being applied to Ariane 5’s payload before launch. Photo: Arianespace

[Via Satellite 02-10-2014] Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has announced the successful launch of Asia Broadcast Satellite’s (ABS) ABS 2 satellite. Launched aboard a Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the satellite is performing its post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

ABS 2 is a multi-mission C-, Ku- and Ka-band satellite designed to provide services including direct-to-home (DTH), VSAT services, data networks and telecommunications services across four continents. The satellite has 89 active C-, Ku- and Ka-band transponders across 10 beams.

“When it enters into service, ABS 2 will extend the reach of affordable and reliable communications and broadcast services to a broad swath of underserved regions,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS.

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