ANXIOUS broadcasting and insurance company executives will be among the audience at the launch of Asiasat 2 in Xichang, southern China, tonight. The launch window for the US$200 million project is between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm. The take-off, on a Long March 2E rocket, will also be watched by representatives of Asiasat shareholders Cable & Wireless, China International Trust & Investment Corp (CITIC) and Hutchison Whampoa. It follows a series of delays and some difficulty in obtaining insurance for the project. 'I have just talked to my colleagues in Xichang. It's cold and there is a bit of low cloud but that should not affect the launch,' Asiasat's general manager, marketing, Sabrina Cubbon, said. Insurers had been concerned about satellite launches in China following the failure of Apstar 2 in January. Hughes and the provider of the Apstar 2 launch vehicle, China Great Wall Industry Corp, said Apstar 2 failed because of sheer winds. These caused either vibration - aggravated by the unique connection between the satellite and the rocket - or damage to the launch vehicle's faring.