SES-7 (Galaxy-8iR, Protostar-2, IndoStar-2) at 108.2° East
|Launch vehicle:||Proton M/Breeze|
Private Bermuda-based ProtoStar ordered in 2007 the ProtoStar-2 satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS), Inc. The satellite uses an already existing Boeing BSS-601HP or ‘high power’ version of the body-stabilized spacecraft. The spacecraft was originally built as Galaxy-8iR for satellite operator PanAmSat (Intelsat).
In November 2002, PanAmSat terminated its contract with Boeing Satellite Systems for the almost-completed satellite. The satellite was later converted into the ProtoStar-2 satellite for Protostar company, and was launched on May 16th, 2009 on a Proton M rocket, operated by launch operator ILS.
For use as ProtoStar-2 the payload was modified to contain 10 S-band transponders, which will act as a replacement for the Indostar-1 satellite, built by Orbital Science Corp. (Orbital ATK – Northrop Grumman) for Media Citra Indovision, to deliver the first DTH satellite television to Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous county. The S-band payload was operated under the name of Indostar-2 (Cakrawarta 2).
In late 2009 the satellite was sold in an auction to SES World Skies after the ProtoStar venture filed for bankruptcy. The satellite was renamed SES-7 in May 2010.