New Launch: 2011 November 25, 1910 UTC
Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launcher: Proton-M
International Designator(s): 2011-069B
 
SSC Name Owner
37934 ASIASAT 7 AC


"A satellite to broadcast television across a swath of the globe from Israel to New Zealand launched on top of a Russian Proton rocket Friday, successfully starting a 15-year mission for AsiaSat of Hong Kong.

"The AsiaSat 7 satellite was boosted into space on top of a Proton rocket, which lifted off at 1910 GMT (2:10 p.m. EST) Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

"More than nine hours later, at 0423 GMT (11:23 p.m. EST), the rocket's Breeze M upper stage deployed the 8,406-pound [3,813-kg] satellite in a lofty orbit stretching between 8,583 miles [13,813 km] and 22,112 miles [35,586 km] above Earth.

"International Launch Services, the U.S.-based firm which sells Proton rockets commercially, declared the mission a success." "AsiaSat 7's on-board propulsion system will circularize its orbit approximately 22,300 miles [35,888 km] over the equator, where it will be stationed at 105.5 degrees east longitude." "AsiaSat 7 will replace the AsiaSat 3S spacecraft, which launched in 1999 and is approaching the end of its life. The fresh satellite will beam C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band signals to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, according to AsiaSat." "AsiaSat 7's C-band beam covers more than 50 countries, while four Ku-band beams will focus on South Asia and East Asia, the company said." "Built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., AsiaSat 7 will support television broadcasting and VSAT networks in its coverage zone." [Note: This launch notification was delayed pending identification by USSTRATCOM, which is still not available. This identification is based on analysis of the available TLE data and the TLEs will likely be switched once USSTRATCOM makes the official identification.]

Source: Spaceflight Now, "Proton delivers Asian TV broadcasting craft to space"

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