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ABS 3A [Boeing]

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) announced in March 2012, that it has contracted with the construction of ABS 3A to Boeing Satellite Systems. The new satellite will allow the extension of C- and Ku-band services into the Atlantic Ocean region for ABS's existing customers, and will allow them to diversify the market base for future growth. It will replace the ABS 3 satellite.

The satellite will be constructed on the BSS-702SP bus - a version that features an all-electric propulsion system.

The satellite is part of a joint order by ABS and SATMEX of four BSS-702SP satellites. The first two satellites, ABS 3A and Satmex 7, are scheduled to be delivered together in late 2014 or early 2015. Details about the other two satellites, including names and launch plans, will be announced at a later date.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS)
Contractors: Boeing Satellite Systems
Equipment: 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: BSS-702SP
Propulsion: 4 × XIPS-25
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 1954 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ABS 3A 2015-010A 02.03.2015 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) with Eutelsat 115 West B
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