Fifth Commercial Launch For ILS This Year
An AsiaSat 7 satellite was boosted into orbit Friday on an
ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
(AsiaSat) of Hong Kong. This was the 5th commercial mission of the
year for ILS and the 8th Proton launch so far this year.
The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur
Cosmodrome at 0110 local time. After a 9 hour 13 minute 4-burn
mission, the Breeze M successfully released the AsiaSat 7 satellite
into the planned geostationary transfer orbit. The orbital
maneuvering lifetime of the satellite will be extended as a result
of the performance and accuracy of the ILS Proton Breeze M launch
This was the 371st launch for Proton since its maiden flight in
1965. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by
Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, Russia's
premier space industry manufacturer and majority owner of ILS.
Built by Space Systems/Loral, AsiaSat 7 is designed to replace
AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East providing
television broadcast and VSAT network services across the
Asia-Pacific region. This new generation satellite will carry 28
C-band, 17 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload. The regional
C-band beam covers over 50 countries throughout Asia, the Middle
East, Australasia and Central Asia.
"This is our second launch with AsiaSat in just about two years,
when we launched the AsiaSat 5 satellite," said Frank McKenna,
President of ILS. "With this ILS Proton launch of AsiaSat 7, we
have again played a pivotal role in AsiaSat's strategic plan for
the expansion of their business with our unmatched schedule
assurance. My thanks go out to the ILS, Khrunichev, Space
Systems/Loral and AsiaSat teams for their tireless efforts in
ensuring a successful launch."
"With the launch of AsiaSat 7 on the powerful ILS Proton
vehicle, AsiaSat will be able to deliver on our promise to provide
high quality and uninterrupted service to our current and potential
new customers across Asia, Middle East, and Australasia. Our
selection of ILS Proton, providing optimized delivery to orbit,
will help extend the lifetime of the satellite, creating
exceptional value for our business. Sincere thanks to all of those
at ILS, Khrunichev, Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat, for an
outstanding mission and launch," said William Wade, President and
Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.