China successfully launched “APSTAR-6C”, a new communication satellite into orbit. It was launched onboard of Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. This was overall 273rd mission of Long March rocket series. Both satellite and rocket were developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
The user of APSTAR-6C satellite is Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Co. Ltd. With is successful launch, it joins fleet of four fully operational satellites belonging to APT Satellite Co. It will replace the in-orbit Apstar-6 satellite.
The Apstar-6C satellite is based on DFH-4 platform. It is equipped with 45 transponders in C, Ku, and Ka bands, with designed service life of 15 years. The satellite will provide TV transmission, Internet, communication and multimedia services to customers across Asia-Pacific region. It will also provide high-power transponder services for video distribution, broadband internet access, and cellular backhaul.