A closer look at some of AsiaSat's long-term partners
CITICSat is the China satellite communications company of CITIC Group, holding a satellite transponder leasing and sale license and VSAT business permit issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. AsiaSat entered into the Master Agreement in 2008 to provide transponder capacity to CITICSat, with CITICSat exclusively marketing AsiaSat capacity in Mainland China.
With AsiaSat’s high-quality capacity, CITICSat provides its Chinese customers with localized sales and marketing activities, technical support and customer services.
As the world’s leading alliance of public service media organisations, the EBU considers AsiaSat 5 as an integral part of EUROVISION’s global content delivery network which distributes live sports and news events such as the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup™ and the UEFA Champions League from Europe and across Asia. It also carries entertainment, culture and music content. In addition, EUROVISION, operated by EBU, has extended its FiNE Global Fibre Network into AsiaSat’s Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong, where EUROVISION enjoys additional uplink and downlink capability. AsiaSat has also been interconnected as a node on EUROVISION’s fibre optic FiNE network for connectivity to the rest of the world.
ILS is a world leader in providing launch services for global satellite operators and offers a complete array of services and support from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. ILS has delivered four successful launches for AsiaSat: three on their Proton rocket and one on an Atlas rocket. ILS will launch AsiaSat 9 aboard their Proton rocket in 2017.
“We are honoured to play a key role in AsiaSat’s growth over the years and fully support AsiaSat’s fleet expansion program.”—Phil Slack, President of ILS
In 2012, AsiaSat signed agreements with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the world's fastest growing space launch company, to launch two communications satellites in 2014 using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. This was the first collaboration between AsiaSat and SpaceX. AsiaSat 8 and AsiaSat 6 were successfully set in orbit in August and September 2014 respectively from SpaceX's launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA.
"SpaceX is proud to be the choice of AsiaSat, a pioneer in advancing satellite communications in Asia.”—Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX.
With the successful launches of AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, SSL has now provided four satellites to AsiaSat. An additional satellite, AsiaSat 9 has been procured and planned for launch in 2017.
“SSL and AsiaSat have developed a successful working relationship based on our mutual focus on quality, reliability and value. AsiaSat 9 is our fifth satellite contract award from AsiaSat since 2006, and we feel there is no better endorsement of our success than this repeat business.”—John Celli, President of SSL