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Koreasat 7 set to launch in 2016

Koreasat 7 is the third satellite from KTsat, the South Korean operator, to be launched by Arianespace

KTsat has chosen Arianespace to launch its next telecommunications satellite, Koreasat 7, the third satellite from the South Korean operator to be launched by Arianespace.

The Koreasat 7 satellite will be boosted into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in 2016.

Koreasat is the third satellite that Arianespace will have launched for KTsat, following Koreasat 3 in 1999 and Koreasat 6 in 2010. Arianespace launched another Korean satellite in 2010, COMS, a multi-mission spacecraft for the Korean space agency, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

Koreasat 7 will be built by Thales Alenia Space. Weighing about 3,500 kg at launch, and offering payload power of approximately 7kW, Koreasat-7 will be fitted with Ku and Ka-band transponders. Its coverage zone will include Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and India. Positioned at 113° East, Koreasat 7 will provide broadcasting and telecommunications services.