Raumfahrt - Start von Long March-3B / G2 Rakete mit APSTAR-9 Satelliten


China is preparing to launch the APSTAR-9 communications satellite – on behalf of a Hong Kong-based satellite operator – on Friday. The launch is set to be conducted by a Long March-3B/G2 rocket, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with T-0 expected to occur at 16:13 UTC.
Chinese Launch:
The path to launch began on November 22, 2013 – when the China Great Wall Industry Corporation signed a satellite procurement $211.2 million contract with APT Satellite Company Limited of Hong Kong for the APSTAR-9 Satellite Program.
APSTAR-9 is a replacement satellite for APT Satellite’s APSTAR-9A satellite.
As one of the leading satellite operators in the Asia-Pacific region, APT Satellite Company Limited – since its operation commenced in 1992 – currently owns and operates five in-orbit satellites, namely APSTAR-5, APSTAR-6, APSTAR-7, APSTAR-7B (partial) and APSTAR-9A, covering regions in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia approximately 75 percent of the world’s population, all of which were supplied by the top American and European satellite manufacturers.
Quelle: NS
Update: 17.10.2015
Erfolgreicher Start von Long March 3B/2G
Quelle: Xinhua
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