China successfully launched its new Apstar-6C communications satellite. With significant efforts and hard work, the team of space researchers of China made success in inserting a five metric ton spacecraft into the geostationary-transfer orbit. It is one of the achievements of China’s space agency and would lead to the accomplishment of many new missions of the country.
As per the reports, the Long March 3B launch the vehicle lifted off from Lunch Complex 2. The whole procedure took place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. After the successful launch and liftoff, the officials of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced it publicly.
China is making progress in the field of orbital world and space science. The launch of the Apstar-6C communications satellite is China’s 13th launch of the year which is an accomplishment in itself. This is the fifth launch from the Xichang. As per the reports from Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in southwest China the center is expecting to launch a total of 17 lunches in the year 2018. Most of the launch will be related to navigation and positioning of the satellites.
The newly launched Apstar-6C will join a fleet of four fully operational satellites belonging to APT Satellite of Hong Kong. Being the operator of Apstar constellation ATP satellite of Hong Kong provides the entire coverage of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Apstar-6C was developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and is based on DFH-6C. CAST is a spacecraft maker under CASC who is the chief contractor for China’s space program.
Apstar-6C which comprises 45 transponders in C, Ku, and Ka bands has a service life of 15 long years. In the coming days, it will replace the in-orbit Apstar-6 satellite and would provide high-power transponder services. These services will include broadband internet access, video distribution along with cellular backhaul.
APT signed an in-orbit-delivery agreement with China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC), a CASC company, on Oct. 17, 2015 — the same day that China successfully launched the DFH-4-based Apstar-9 communications satellite.
As per the reports, CASC is expecting to launch around 36 satellites in the year 2018. Other than this, if the non-government launches are added to the number, it will reach to 40 for the current year. These orbital launches will help to provide better communication and internet access to the people.