left the 98°E position and is drifting west at 2° per day
ProtoStar 1 is the first craft for the satellite operator of the same name. With operations in San Francisco and Singapore,
the company plans to operate spacecraft and lease the satellites′ capacity to direct-to-home (DTH) television and broadband
Internet service providers across the Asia-Pacific region. Headed for an orbital slot at 98.5 degrees East longitude with an
expected 15-year in-space life span, the satellite is fitted with 32 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders.
Ariane 5 vehicle L541, flight V184 was launched from Kourou on Jul 7.
Protostar 1 is an SS/Loral LS-1300 satellite with a mass of 1774 kg
dry 4191 kg fuelled. It is owned by Protostar Ltd. of Bermuda and
its subsidiary Protostar Satellite Systems of San Francisco.