After the successful conclusion of AsiaSat's Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL), both AsiaSat and SSL have agreed on AsiaSat 9 shipment to the launch site. During the meeting, performance data of the spacecraft was critically reviewed along with the launch mission and in-orbit-test.
AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122E longitude. AsiaSat 9 is a SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. The satellite will provide enhanced C-band coverage over Asia, Australasia, and the Pacific region, as well as customized Ku-band beams for Australasia, East Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Mongolia. AsiaSat 9 will be launched by an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.