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AsiaSat 5 readies for launch
Asian satellite operator AsiaSat has announced the arrival of its new satellite AsiaSat 5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan from where it will be launched in mid-August.

AsiaSat 5 will be put in place of AsiaSat 2 at the orbital location of 100.5 degrees East. The spacecraft, based on Space Systems/Loral.s 1300 satellite bus, has been designed to provide advanced satellite services including television broadcast, telephone networks and Vsat networks for broadband multimedia services across Asia Pacific.

AsiaSat CEO Peter Jackson says, "AsiaSat 5 will become the newest member of the Asiasat fleet to help us continue our mission of providing first-class regional satellite services to Asia Pacific. Equipped with the latest but proven technologies, improved and new beam coverage on AsiaSat 5, we look forward to serving existing and future clients with enhanced power, connectivity and network flexibility."

AsiaSat 5 will carry 26 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders, and has an estimated operational life of 15 years. It will offer an enhanced pan Asian C-band footprint that covers more than 53 countries spanning from Russia to New Zealand and from Japan to the Middle East and parts of Africa.

Its Ku-band coverage will consist of two high-powered fixed Ku-band beams over East Asia and South Asia and an in-orbit steerable Ku beam. The three Ku-band beams are designed with switching capability to switch any uplink to any downlink beam to meet specific application requirements.

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