Kourou, French Guiana – ABS has announced that the ABS-2 satellite was successfully launched into space at 18:30 Kourou (9:30pm UTC) on February 6. The satellite was launched on an Ariane ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Space port in Kourou.

ABS-2 was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SSL). The highly sophisticated multi-mission satellite features up to 89 active C, Ku and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams. ABS-2 brings unparalleled coverage and expansion capacity at ABS’ prime location of 75 degrees East, extending communications and broadcast services to the emerging markets of the world.

“We are delighted with the launch of ABS-2 satellite, our first satellite launch. We would like to thank both Arianespace and SSL for their collaboration for delivering today’s successful launch,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “Our customers are looking forward to the new capacity on ABS-2 at 75°E, a new state of the art satellite serving the Eastern hemisphere. The ABS-2 satellite will significantly contribute towards our expansion plans and is part of our growth strategy to increase the ABS satellite fleet and becoming a global satellite operator in the coming years.”