- 7 Apr 2011
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Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) has announced that THAICOM Plc. (SET Index: THCOM) has awarded the company a firm contract for the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. Based on Orbital’s GEOStar-2™ satellite platform, the Thaicom 6 satellite will be designed, manufactured and tested at Orbital’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, VA. The Thaicom 6 satellite is planned to be launched in mid-2013. The Thaicom 6 satellite’s payload will offer hybrid Ku- and C-band services to the South and Southeast Asia and Southern Africa regions. The satellite will generate approximately 3.7 kilowatts of payload power and will be located at 78.5 degrees East. he Thaicom 6 satellite is the 34th geosynchronous-Earth orbit communications satellite ordered by Orbital’s customers around the world, 23 of which are in orbit with 11 others in design, production or pre-launch preparations. It is Orbital’s second order of the year for its commercial communications satellites following the order in February by SES WORLD SKIES for the SES-8 satellite.