Last Update Mar 2002
Hong Kong, 21st March, 1999.....AsiaSat 3S, the fourth satellite of Asia 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/small> operator of Europes premier ASTRA satellite system.
ASIA'S NEWEST -- AsiaSat 3S, a 9,900-watt spacecraft built by Hughes Space and Communications Company, is shown in Hughes' Integrated Satellite Factory prior to being shipped for a March 1999 Proton launch in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Built for the Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co., Ltd., the powerful AsiaSat 3S will deliver television and telecommunications service throughout Asia, the Middle East, Australasia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The satellite features 28 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders. AsiaSat 3S is designed to provide a minimum of 15 years of service from its orbital position of 105.5 degrees East longitude. The new satellite will replace AsiaSat 1, an HS 376 spacecraft launched in 1990.
AsiaSat satellite system, which covers more than 50 countries and regions, reaching about two-thirds of the world's population. AsiaSat is controlled from a facility in Hong Kong and has three satellites in use; another satellite is set to launch in 2002. Customers include more than 50 radio and TV broadcasters; aviation, finance, travel services, and print media organizations; and telecommunications providers. AsiaSat's major shareholders are SES Global (formerly Société Européenne des Satellites) and China International Trust and Investment, which together own about 69% of the company.
[March 12, 1999] AsiaSat 3S Launch Reschedules to March 21
AsiaSat announced that the launch of its latest satellite, AsiaSat 3S, has been rescheduled to March 21 at GMT 00:09. The postponement is due to the rescheduling of a Russian launch prior to that of AsiaSat 3S. AsiaSat 3S, the companys fourth satellite, was originally scheduled for launch by the Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 18 (GMT 23:57 March 17). The new satellite, a Hughes HS601HP model, will be deployed at the orbital position of 105.5 degrees East longitude, to replace AsiaSat 1. It carries 28 C-band and 16 Ku-band linearised transponders and will have a 15-year operational life. The satellite arrived in Baikonur on February 20. (AsiaSat)