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is the name of a series of communications satellite
A communications satellite is an artificial satellite stationed in space for the purpose of telecommunications...
s operated out of Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...
and the name of Thaicom Public Company Limited
, which is the company that owns and operates the THAICOM satellite fleet and other telecommunication businesses in Thailand and throughout the Asia-Pacific.
Thailand-based Shinawatra Computer and Communications
Shin Corporation is one of the largest conglomerates in Thailand.- History :It was founded in 1983 as Shinawatra Computer by Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister of Thailand, and took on its current name in 1999, by using the first four letters of his last name...
Co. Ltd. (now Shin Corporation
) signed a US$ 100 million contract with Hughes
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Space and Communications Company Ltd. in 1991 to launch Thailand's first satellite communications project. The first Thaicom satellite was launched on December 17, 1993. This satellite carried 12 C-band transponders coveting a region from Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...
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. Thaksin Shinawatra sold Shin Corporation, which owns 41% of Thaicom Public Company Limited.
- Thaicom 1 : December 17, 1993
- Thaicom 2 : October 1994; deorbited on October 28, 2010 according to Thaicom CEO
- Thaicom 3 : April 16, 1997; deorbited on October 2, 2006
- Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR-1) : August 11, 2005
- Thaicom 5
Thaicom 5 is a Thai geostationary communications satellite which is operated by Thaicom, and previously Shin Satellite. It is used to provide communications services to Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia....
: May 27, 2006
It was launched in 1997, and became a key for the company in providing international communications services from central Europe and Africa to eastern Asia and Australia. It had 25 C-band transformers out of which 18 connect to Asian regional beam that covered India, southern China, and Southeast Asia. Thaicom 3's fourteen transponders are divided between Thailand and India
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. Thaicom 3 is now deorbited.