Press Release

Arianespace to launch ST-2 for Singapore and Taiwan

By SpaceRef Editor
June 16, 2009
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ST-2 Satellite Ventures Pte Ltd (STS), a joint venture formed by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and Chunghwa Telecom Company Ltd (Chunghwa), has chosen Arianespace to launch its new telecommunications satellite, ST-2. This satellite will replace ST-1 launched by Arianespace in 1998.

ST-2 will be launched by an Ariane 5 ECA during the second quarter of 2011 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

The satellite will be built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan, using the DS2000 platform and will have a lift-off mass of more than 5 100 kg. The satellite will carry C and Ku band transponders providing fixed and mobile satellite services as well as Voice and Data IP based services for businesses, particularly DTH operators and Shipping companies in Asia and the Middle East. ST-2 will have a 15 year on orbit lifetime.

For Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, “Arianespace is particularly proud to serve again SingTel and Chunghwa with whom we have maintained warm relations since the launch of ST-1 in 1998. This new contract, the 9th to be signed in 2009, is for us the recognition of the quality and competitiveness of Arianespace’s services and solutions launch offer.”

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative offer to its customers since 1980. Backed by its 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace proposes an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of 15 June 2009, Arianespace had launched a total of 269 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 25 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to 3 years of business.


Aaron Lewis
Director of Media and Government Relations
Arianespace, Inc.
601 13th Street NW
Suite 710 North
Washington, DC 20005

SpaceRef staff editor.