AsiaSat's plans for its newest communications satellite have hit a speed-bump, with SpaceX postponing the planned launch until further notice.
The C-band AsiaSat 6 satellite is designed to provide video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region. It had been scheduled to lift off yesterday on the SpaceX Falcon 9.
In the statement, SpaceX said it is confident that there is no direct link between the operational Falcon 9 and the issue that caused last week's failure, but has decided to triple-check all potential failure modes and contingencies - even highly-improbably fringe scenarios – before the launch.
The review process is expected to take one or two weeks, but the company has not yet set a new lift-off date.
AsiaSat currently has five satellites in orbit, with its latest - the AsiaSat 8 – launching earlier this month in a successful Falcon 9 take-off. The AsiaSat 9 is on order, and expected to be ready to launch by 2017.
The AsiaSat 6 was constructed by Space Systems/Loral.