|Mission duration||9 years (planned)|
12.5 years (achieved)
|Manufacturer||Hughes Space and Communications|
|Launch mass||1,244 kg (2,743 lb)|
|Dry mass||620 kg (1,370 lb)|
|Dimensions||2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) diameter|
6.6 m (22 ft) height
stowed: 2.84 m (9 ft 4 in)
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||7 April 1990, 13:30:02 UTC|
|Rocket||Long March 3|
|Launch site||Xichang, LA-3|
|Entered service||June 1990|
|End of mission|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Longitude||100.5° East (1990-1999)|
122° East (1999-2003)
|Coverage area||Asia, Pacific Ocean|
AsiaSat 1 was a Hong Kong communications satellite, which was owned, and was operated, by the Hong Kong based Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company. It was positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 100.5° East. It spent its operational life at 100.5° East, from where it was used to provide fixed satellite services, including broadcasting, audio and data transmission, to Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
AsiaSat 1 was built by Hughes Space and Communications. It is based on the HS-376 satellite bus. At launch, it had a mass of 1,244 kg (2,743 lb), and a design life of thirteen years. It carries twenty four C-band transponders.
The launch of AsiaSat 1 was contracted to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), and used a Long March 3 launch vehicle. The launch was conducted from Xichang Launch Area 3 (LA-3) at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre at 13:30:02 UTC on 7 April 1990.
Westar 6 was launched from the space shuttle in February 1984. Its PAM-D misfired, however, and the satellite was stranded in a useless low orbit. It was retrieved by shuttle astronauts in November 1984, and Hughes was contracted to refurbish it. Westar 6 was eventually sold, for US$58 million, to the AsiaSat consortium and renamed AsiaSat 1.
Asiasat 1 was replaced by AsiaSat 3S in May 1999.