Paris, September 12, 2022 – KT SAT Corporation Ltd. (KT SAT), the leading satellite service provider in South Korea, and Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), signed the contract for the KOREASAT 6A communications satellite.KOREASAT 6A will replace the current KORESAT 6 satellite and will deliver both fixed satellite service (FSS) and broadcasting satellite service (BSS) to South Korea. It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 116° East.As program prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space is responsible for the design, construction, testing and ground delivery of the satellite, followed by orbital positioning and in-orbit testing services. In addition, Thales Alenia Space will train and support the customer’s on-site engineering team and will provide operational assistance throughout the satellite’s lifetime. Built on Thales Alenia Space's proven Spacebus 4000B2 platform, KOREASAT 6A will be fitted with six BSS transponders and 20 FSS transponders to cover all of South Korea. Slated for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2024, KOREASAT 6A will weigh about 3.5 metric tons at launch and offers a design life of 15 years.
Meanwhile, KT SAT is preparing for the new satellite launch of KOREASAT6A. It signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for manufacturing and with Satconsult for technical advice of KOREASAT6A. Also KT SAT signed with SpaceX for a launch service as well. After a successful launch in 2025, KOREASAT6A will cover growing demand of data communication in Asia Pacific region.
Is there a source for this being a SpaceX launch? I didn't find it in the press release nor the SpaceNews article.
South Korean TV SBS came to see KORESAT-6A' s payload in @Thales_Alenia_S' clean rooms of Toulouse. Payload to be delivered in Cannes in December. After being integrated to the platform & undergoing numerous tests, the satellite will be launched in 2024 https://bit.ly/46sALf7
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