Arianespace to launch ProtoStar I satellite
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

New satellite operator ProtoStar has chosen Arianespace to launch DTH satellite ProtoStar I. Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall announced today during his annual January press conference that Arianespace will launch the ProtoStar I satellite for ProtoStar Ltd. This is the 280th launch contract won by Arianespace since its inception in March 1980. ProtoStar I will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, during the first half of 2008.

Weighing in at 4100 kg, ProtoStar I is a Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) 1300 platform, built in Palo Alto, California and will be the 34th platform built by SS/L to be launched by Arianespace. The satellite will be equipped with 22 Ku-band 36 MHz equivalent and 38 C-band 36 MHz equivalent transponders, and will provide digital DTH services, HDTV and Broadband Internet to underserved areas in Asia.

(Source: Arianespace)