BoeingÂ will build a third 702SP all-electric propulsion satellite for ABS to provide satellite services to Australia, New Zealand, Russia and countries in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
The company said FridayÂ ABS-8Â will add to theÂ ABS-3A and futureÂ ABS-2AÂ all-electric propulsion satellites and replaceÂ ABS-7 at its orbital location.
Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing’s satellite systems business, said the 702SP design works to support maximum payload with reduced satellite mass.
Boeing plans to deliverÂ ABS-8 in 2017.
According to the company, the satellite will haveÂ a 9-kilowatt payload that provides wide-beam coverage and supports aÂ high-throughput satellite configuration.
ABS CEO Tom Choi noted thatÂ ABS-8 will serve theÂ government, mobility, direct-to-home, telecommunications and rural broadband sectors.