Boeing [NYSE:BA] officials announced that PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) has come to a principal agreement with Boeing to launch PSN's M2A satellite aboard a Delta IV expendable launch vehicle in mid-2003. The announcement was made today at the Satellite 2001 Conference being held this week in Washington, D.C. Both parties are in discussion on the terms and conditions, which are expected to conclude by midyear.
The PSN M2A -- a Loral-built FS1300 communications satellite -- will be placed into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) by a Delta IV Medium+ 5,4 variant rocket to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite will provide a wide variety of telecommunication services throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
"We are pleased that PSN has selected Delta IV to deploy the M2A, which will provide broadband telecommunications services to Asia," said David Schweikle, vice president of Boeing Delta Launch Services Inc. "We have a successful history in launching satellites for Indonesia, and this launch will extend our relationship to the Delta IV family of launch vehicles."
"Providing increasingly complex telecommunications services to our customers requires us to maintain a satellite system capable of handling such diverse broadband requirements," said Adi R. Adiwoso, chief executive officer and president director of PSN. "Boeing provided us with the right solution to our proposal. The Delta IV assures us access to space, enabling us to deliver this service and maintain our presence as Indonesia's leading satellite telecommunications company."
The Delta IV Medium+ 5,4 is a commercial variant of the Delta IV family of launch vehicles that are capable of lifting 4,000 kg to 13,000 kg payloads to GTO, and are designed to meet the needs of the commercial market and the U.S. government.
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