International Launch Services (ILS) successfully carried the AsiaSat 7 satellite into orbit November 26 on an ILS Proton for AsiaSat of Hong Kong. This was the 5th commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 8th Proton launch so far this year.
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 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.