SupremeSAT (Pvt), Ltd.
SupremeSAT (Pvt) Ltd. is the first and only Sri Lankan satellite operator. It has partnership with China's state owned satellite-manufacturing institution China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).
The company developed rapidly over the last few years, and has now emerged as a leading regional integrated satellite operator.
SupremeSAT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Supreme Global Holdings which is a Sri Lanka based private entity with operations across a range of sectors in Sri Lanka and across the world. The Group’s key areas of focus are:
- Resources & Mining
- Commodity Trading
- Shipping & Logistics
Supreme SAT-I (ChinaSat-12, Apstar-7B)
SupremeSAT deployed the first Sri Lankan satellite, Supreme SAT-I on November 22nd aboard of the Long March LM/3B E launch vehicle from the Xi-Chang launch complex in China. The spacecraft was originally called Apstar-7B, a Spacebus-4000C2 platform geostationary communications satellite, with 24 C-band and 23 Ku-band high power beams. In April 2010 Thales Alenia Space of France was contracted for the construction of the satellite on behalf of Hong Kong based APT Satellite.
Apstar-7B was a back up satellite, in the event APT’s Apstar-7 satellite failed to make it to orbit. However, the launch carried out on March 31st, 2012 was a success, allowing Apstar-7B to be transferred to a secondary agreement between APT Satellite en CGWIC.
With the secondary agreement in place, the satellite was taken over by ChinaSat, the state-owned satellite operator headquartered in Beijing and renamed Zhongxing-12 (or ChinaSat-12). Zhongxing-12 role was to replace Zhongxing-5A (ChinaSat-5A) at 88° E in geostationary orbit 36,000 km above the earth.
Part of the satellite’s communications payload was leased to SupremeSat co-branding as Supreme SAT-I.
The company became the 27th private company in the world and Sri Lanka is the 3rd South Asian nation after India and Pakistan (co-) owning a communications satellite. The launch of Supreme SAT-I marked the 173rd orbital launch by China. The design was based on the SB 4000 series satellite bus, which comes under the medium class telecommunications satellite category with its launch mass of 5,100 kgs. SB 4000 series has a successful flight heritage, and is a very stable and reliable space platform. Supreme SAT-I provides communications services, including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting and covers parts of the Middle East, South & Central Asia and also Australia.
Supreme SAT-II (ChinaSat-11)
In May 2013, SupremeSAT placed a 215 million USD in-orbit delivery contract for the Supreme SAT-II (originally ChinaSAT-11 but co-branded as Supreme SAT-II), with a planned launch date of mid 2018. In 2016 the project was put on hold due to poor market conditions and SupremeSAT focused more on developing Earth imaging satellites, leaving the Supreme SAT-II satellite it ordered from China’s CGWIC in the design stage.
SupremeSAT is planned to invest over 320 million USD and planning to launch Sri Lanka's first ever communications satellite, Supreme SAT-III, designed primarily to serve DTH markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and beyond.
www.defence.pk Edition November 27th 2012