Alcatel Alenia Space has announced the successful launch of Koreasat 5, the hybrid military and civilian communications satellite for South Korea, which is jointly owned by the Agency for Defense Development and KT Corp. of South Korea. The satellite will offer secured military communications for the Korean defense forces and also serve KT's satellite business by broadening the DTH TV offer in the country.

Designed, manufactured and integrated by prime contractor Alcatel Alenia Space, Koreasat 5 is a 4,448 kg satellite based on a Spacebus 4000 C1 platform. It brings 36 active transponders in Ku-band for the commercial mission and in Ka- and SHF-bands for military purpose. It will deliver advanced broadband multimedia and digital television transmission services, along with conventional telecom services to operators in the Asia-Pacific region. It features state-of-the-art broadband payload, including new technologies developed within the scope of European military programs. This satellite will provide 8.6 kW of electrical power and its lifetime is expected to extend beyond 15 years.

Pascale Sourisse, president and CEO of Alcatel Alenia Space, commented, "The Koreasat 5 launch further strengthens the solid ties between our company and the Republic of Korea and together with our involvement in the Kompsat 2 and Kompsat 5 programs illustrates our active participation in Asia space project developments. Our ability to deliver dual (civil/military) solutions and our strong heritage have allowed us to provide upper technologies to meet the requirements of both our customers KT and ADD."