China launches new communication satellite

China has launched a new communication satellite called ÄPSTAR-6C” which was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The satellite was sent into orbit by the Long March-3B carrier rocket, this was the 273rd mission of the Long March rocket series.

The user of the satellite is Hong Kong-based, which will provide TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers across Asia-Pacific region.

The CAST president and CEO, Zhang Hongtai said the continued cooperation between CAST and PAST Satellite has showed that China’s communication satellite has won recognition among mainstream international satellite operators.

“We value the international space market and will provide our customers with first-class products and services,” Zhang said.

This is believed to be the second communication satellite developed by CAST for APT Satellite, following the APSTAR-9, which went into orbit last year.

China has developed 15 communication satellites based on the DFH-4 satellite platform for civilian and commercial use, according to CAST.



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