APSTAR-V is a high-power satellite, with the latest in advanced technology, built by Space Systems/Loral. It is equipped with 38 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders. Based on the highly reliable FS-1300 platform, APSTAR-V provides broad C-band transponder coverage over Asia, Australia , New Zealand , the Pacific islands and Hawaii , as well as high-power Ku-band transponder coverage over Mainland China , India , Taiwan , Hong Kong and Korea . APSTAR-V hosts TV channel distribution, DTH broadcasting, Internet and VSAT services within the Asia Pacific region, and also inter-connection to the United States via the Hawaii spot beam.
APSTAR-V was successfully launched by sea Launch on June 29, 2004 to geostationary orbital slot 138°E as a replacement satellite for APSTAR-I. It has an estimated operational lifetime of over 15 years.