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KOREASAT-5A Communications Satellite Successfully Launched

October 30, 2017 - The KOREASAT-5A communications satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space for South Korean operator KTSAT, a KT Corporation company, was successfully orbited from Cape Canaveral in Florida by SpaceX, using a Falcon 9 launcher. Based on Thales Alenia Space’s upgraded Spacebus 4000B2 platform, the satellite is equipped with 36 Ku-band transponders; it weighed about 3,700 kg at launch. Positioned at 113 degrees East, it will provide Internet access, multimedia, broadcasting and fixed communications services for Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and the Middle East. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor for KOREASAT-5A, in charge of its design, production and testing, as well as ground delivery. The company is also responsible for its launch campaign, the launch and early operations phase (LEOP) and in-orbit testing (IOT). KOREASAT-5A is the fourth communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for KTSAT, following KOREASAT-5, KOREASAT-6 and KOREASAT-7, launched in May. KOREASAT-5A is also the 35th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor to be launched since the beginning of the year.

 
 
 
 
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