Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong
Mass at launch
28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload
2 deployable solar arrays
15 yrs - Still active
15 Dec 2011
AsiaSat 7 is a new generation satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
(AsiaSat), designed to replace AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of
105.5 degrees East. Based on the Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, AsiaSat 7 will support a broad range
of applications for the Asia-Pacific region, including television broadcast and VSAT networks.
AsiaSat 7 carries 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. Its region-wide high
power C-band beam covers Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Central Asia, with Ku-band beams serving
East Asia, South Asia and a steerable Ku beam. Will replace AsiaSat-3S.
This was the 5th commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 8th Proton launch so far this year and the 371st launch for Proton since its maiden flight in 1965..
The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:10 a.m. local time (3:10 a.m.
in Hong Kong, 19:10 GMT and 2:10 p.m. EDT on November 25).
The Proton put it in a -496 x 170 km trajectory, and the Briz-M upper stage then placed it in Earth orbit.
After a 9 hour 13 minute 4-burn mission, the Breeze M successfully released the AsiaSat 7 satellite, weighing over 3.8 metric tons,
into the planned geostationary transfer orbit.
As of Dec 15, Asiasat 7 was in geostationary orbit over 101.5 deg East.