AsiaSat books ILS rocket launch

International Launch Services (ILS) used the CommunicAsia show in Singapore to finalise a launch contract with Hong Kong-based AsiaSat, which will use ILS to launch one of their next satellites in 2014.

The launch service is contracted for launching one of AsiaSat’s future satellites, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 8 or AsiaSat 9, a replacement satellite to be procured for AsiaSat 4. The launch contract includes an option for AsiaSat to order one additional launch service from ILS for any of its upcoming three satellites.

Frank McKenna, President of ILS said, “The successful launches of AsiaSat 5 in 2009 and AsiaSat 7 in 2011 enabled the timely expansion of AsiaSat’s service offerings across the Asia-Pacific region. We are honored to play a key role in AsiaSat’s growth over the years and fully support AsiaSat’s fleet expansion programme.”

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