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.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS)|
|Contractors:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Equipment:||78 transponders in C-, Ku- and Ka-band|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|ABS 2 (ST 3, Koreasat 8)||06.02.2014||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||with Athena-Fidus|