China launches French-made “APSTAR-7″ satellite into orbit
Saturday evening China launched French-made communications satellite “APSTAR-7″ into orbit. The satellite was launch from the Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwestern Xichange Satellite Launch Center.
APSTAR-7 separated successfully from the Long Mach-3B carrier rocket 26 minutes after its launch into orbit according to the launch center’s data. The APSTAR-7 will be replacing the APSTAR-2R, which is currently in orbat, and will provide TV transmissions and satellite communication services to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Europe.
APSTAR-7 will also provide live TV broadcasting and trans-continental communication and broadcasting to China, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
Saturday’s launch marks the 159th mission of the Long March carrier rocket, developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), and continues its contract signed between China Great Wall Industry Corp. and the APT company.
Equipped with 28 C-band and 28 Ku-band active transponders, the APSTAR-7 is said to have a 16 year life cycle and operated at 76.5° East Longitude orbital position. The satellite also has an electrical power of 11.4KW with a payload power of 8.4KW.