Hong Kong-based AsiaSat has selected SpaceX's Falcon 9 to launch AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 in separate liftoffs from Cape Canaveral in the first half of 2014. Both satellites will use Space Systems/Loral's 1300 series platform. AsiaSat 6 will have 28 high-powered C-band transponders, while AsiaSat 8 will carry 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band beam.