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ABS 3A

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 allows the extension of C- and Ku-band services into the Atlantic Ocean region for ABS's existing customers, and allows them to diversify the market base for future growth. It replaces the aging ABS 3 satellite.

The satellite was 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.

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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