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. Arianespace To Launch Koreasat 6

The Koreasat 6 satellite will provide telecommunications and broadcasting services throughout Korea.
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 26, 2008
Korean Telecom has chosen Arianespace to launch its next communications satellite, Koreasat 6.

Koreasat 6 will be boosted into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 or Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport, French Guiana, during the second half of 2010.

Koreasat 6 is the second satellite to be launched by Arianespace for the Korean operator, following Koreasat 3, orbited in 1999. Arianespace has another Korean satellite on its launch manifest, COMS-1, a multimission satellite for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

Koreasat 6 will be built by Thales Alenia Space using a Star-2 platform from Orbital Sciences Corporation of the United States. Weighing about 2,750 kg at launch, it will be fitted with 30 Ku-band transponders.

The Koreasat 6 satellite will provide telecommunications and broadcasting services throughout the country, from its orbital position at 116 degrees East. It will have a design life exceeding 15 years.

"We are extremely proud and honored to be chosen for the second time by Korea Telecom Corporation," said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall. "Our selection is the clear recognition of the high quality and overall excellence of Arianespace's launch Service and Solutions."

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