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ABS 8 [Boeing]

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) announced in May 2015, that it is about to contract the construction of ABS 8 comsat to Boeing Satellite Systems. The ABS 8 satellite will be placed in the orbital position 116.1° East, to provide C-, Ku- and Ka-band transponders.

The satellite will be constructed on the BSS-702SP bus - a version that features an all-electric propulsion system. ABS-8 is a tri-band satellite with C-, Ku- and Ka-band capacity, part of it devoted to a high-throughput mission with multiple spot beams that, depending on market conditions then, could be transformed into a more-classic widebeam satellite given the flexibility of the payload.

ABS-8 will replace ABS-7 at the 116.1° East orbital location.

SpaceX had been selected as the launch provider for a launch in late 2017 or early 2018 on a Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket. The launch may be shared with another BSS-702SP type electric propulsion satellite, if one is available.

The contract was terminated in July 2015, due to the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s loss of its operating charter due to congressional opposition. Both contract partner tried to renegotiate the satellite contract, but apparently without success.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS)
Contractors: Boeing Satellite Systems
Equipment: C-, Ku- and Ka-band transponders
Configuration: BSS-702SP
Propulsion: 4 × XIPS-25
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ABS 8 - cancelled ? Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with ?
Further LMI / ABS missions:

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