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China Prepares To Export First Satellite

The DFH-4 bus will be used for NIGCOMSAT-1.
Beijing (XNA) Jul 03, 2005
Work on the development, manufacturing and launching of China's first satellite for a foreign buyer is going on smoothly as scheduled, China's major space product supplier and service provider announced here Friday.

Wang Haibo, president of the China Great Wall Industry, said preliminary designs of the project passed the evaluation of a panel of experts representing the buyer of the satellite, Nigerian National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).

According to contracts signed in December 2004 between the Chinese company and NASRDA, the communications satellite, known as NIGCOMSAT-1, will be based on China's latest model of satellite platform, DFH No.4.

With 28 transponders, including 4 C band, 18 Ku band, 4 Ka band and 2 L band ones, the satellite will be capable of meeting Nigeria's telecommunications, broadcasting and broadband multimedia service requirements, said Wang.

The platform is designed to have a lifespan of 15 years and 5,200 kg in weight, and the transponders with a designed power of 8 kw will be 800 kg, he said.

To be designed, made and launched by China's space sector, he said the satellite will be put into the orbit by a Chinese-made Long March 3B carrier rocket at the Xichang Space Launch Center, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, and will be delivered to NASRDA after it is put in orbit in early 2007.

The satellite is the first one China has exported to a foreign country but China has proved to be a reliable launch service provider as well, having launched 30 satellites in 24 commercial flights since 1990.

Wang said this was also the first time China was providing a package of space products and services, including design, manufacturing, orbital delivery, ground products and services, to an overseas client.

The satellite will be monitored and tracked by a ground station to be built in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, by the Chinese firm, and a ground station in Kashi in northwest Xinjiang Ugyur Autonomous Region.

Moreover, the Chinese company will offer operating support services and be responsible for training Nigerian technicians.

The Chinese company - the international agent of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. that produces carrier rockets and satellites - was awarded the deal late last year after it beat 21 international rivals in a public bidding, including those from the United States, France, Britain, Italy and Isreal.

Ahmed Rufai, manager of NIGCOMSAT-1 project, said that all parties of the satellite contract are satisfied with the progress in implementing the deal.

The satellite will help Nigeria tranform itself into a knowledge-based economy, away from its current over-reliance on oil exports, he said.

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