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ABS 2 (ST 3, Koreasat 8)

ABS 2 [SS/Loral]

The ABS-2 is a communications satellite ordered in October 2010 by Asia Broadcast Satellite from Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). SS/L was already selected as the builder in June 2009.

The spacecraft separated mass will be in excess of 6,000 kg at launch and offers a design life exceeding 15 years. The satellite will be built by Space Systems Loral using the LS-1300 platform, fitted with 78 C-, Ku- and Ka-band payloads and will have more than four times the existing capacity of ABS-1.

ABS-2 will be located at the 75 degrees East Longitude, ABS' prime orbital location where ABS-1, ABS-1A, and ABS-1B are currently located ABS-2 will offer a wide range of services for Asia, Russia, Africa, and the Middle East, including DTH, cable TV distribution, multimedia applications, as well as data networks and telecommunications services. The ABS-2 satellite will be a significant addition to the existing 44 transponders on the ABS-1 satellite, which still has more than 14 years of fuel life remaining. ABS-2 will provide expansion capacity to existing ABS-1 customers and will also act as in-orbit spare and provide backup for the ABS-1 transponders.

Singapore Telecommunications has signed a transponder purchase agreement with satellite operator Asia Broadcast Satellite Limited (ABS). With this agreement, SingTel will own multiple C-band transponders on the ABS-2 satellite at a cost of approximately S$80 million over the next two years. SingTel will market these transponders to corporate customers under the brand ST-3/ABS-2. Capacity used by KT Telecom is referred as Koreasat 8.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS)
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: 78 transponders in C-, Ku- and Ka-band
Configuration: LS-1300
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 6330 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ABS 2 (ST 3, Koreasat 8) 2014-006A 06.02.2014 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Athena-Fidus

References:

  • Space Systems/Loral: ABS-2
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