Asian Internet satellite launch put on-hold

Launch of the IPStar Asian broadband satellite was put on hold 15 seconds before scheduled lift-off on Thursday.

The launch of a Thai satellite that will provide broadband Internet service across a large part of Asia was put on hold early Thursday just seconds before lift-off, launch provider Arianespace said.

The IPStar satellite, also called Thaicom-4, was scheduled to be launched at 6:39 a.m. GMT Thursday. The countdown was halted 15 seconds prior to lift-off due to a problem on the launch pad, said a spokesman at the company's Paris headquarters.

Arianespace is working to get the problem sorted and the countdown clock will restart 7 minutes before takeoff if the satellite is to launch Thursday. The available launch window is 2 hours.

IPStar will be operated by IPStar, an affiliate of Thailand's Shin Satellite, and is scheduled to provide broadband Internet at multi-megabit per second speeds to many countries in Asia. The satellite's footprint stretches form China in the north to Australia in the south and from India in the west to New Zealand in the east.

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