The Lockheed Martin-built VINASAT-2 telecommunications satellite is now ready to serve the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) after a successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of its systems.
Vu Tuan Hung, VNPT’s President and CEO, announced that “VINASAT-2 will join VINASAT-1 to form a satellite network, helping to improve the business capabilities, safety and reliability of the Vietnam telecommunications network.” He added that new satellite is also meant to “support and back up the terrestrial transmission infrastructure.”
According to President Hung, VINASAT “will promote the satellite industry of Vietnam, bringing common values to the community and enabling the long-term development and business plan of VNPT in the area of satellite communications.” He added that his country’s second, newest satellite “also helps satisfy the needs of the dynamic economy of Vietnam.” In addition, Hung said that VINASAT-2 will “help integrate Vietnam into the world and regional community in all areas of life.”
On the part of Lockheed Martin, its Commercial Space Systems President Joseph Rickers stated that “VINASAT-2 is the result of Lockheed Martin and VNPT’s commitment to excellence, mission success and teamwork. From contract award in May 2010,” he related, “Lockheed Martin and VNPT worked together seamlessly to ensure an efficient on-time delivery of VINASAT-2,” which he called “a highly reliable and capable satellite that will serve its users for many years to come.”
Lockheed Martin based VINASAT-2 upon its doughty A2100 platform. It is the 101st commercial geostationary satellite built and delivered by Lockheed Martin. The American company’s low-risk solution made full use of heritage Ku-band equipment from earlier A2100 programs to meet VNPT’s tight schedule requirements.
VINASAT-2 will provide fixed satellite services to Vietnam and neighboring countries. The new satellite features 24 channels on the proven Ku-band that provide both uplink and downlink coverage. Located at 131.8 degrees east longitude, it is expected to last 15 years in orbit and has extra fuel reserves to further increase maneuver life.
Its older sister, VINASAT-1, was Vietnam’s first satellite. Lockheed Martin successfully delivered VINASAT-1 for VNPT four years ago.