ABS celebrates the launch of the ground-breaking ABS-3A satellite to connect the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
1 March, 2015 - ABS announced that ABS-3A was successfully launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:50 p.m. EST. The satellite lifted off as a conjoined stack with EUTELSAT 115 West B.
ABS-3A is the revolutionary 702SP satellite, with an innovative design that will have a significant impact on the industry. ABS-3A is lighter and smaller than a conventional satellite due to the use of the all- electric propulsion system, making it more economical to launch. A conventional chemical satellite uses 50% of its weight during the ascent into orbit. Built by Boeing Space Systems International, ABS-3A is equipped with 48 x 72 MHz C & Ku-band transponders and will offer expanded communications and broadcast capacity connecting the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at 3°W.
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