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China To Launch French-Made Broadcast Sat

by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Jan 23, 2006
The China Great Wall Industry (CGWIC), China's satellite launch service contractor, and China Satcom signed a deal Friday on the launch of a French-made broadcast satellite, ChinaSat 6B.

According to the deal, CGWIC will, through the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, under the China Aerospace Science and Technology, provide the launch service for China Satcom, the owner of the satellite.

The satellite, which will be manufactured by French company Alcatel Alenia Space, is expected to be lifted into space in 2007 atop a Chinese-made rocket Long March 3B from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

With a designed life of 15 years, the satellite, known as "ChinaSat 6B" Radio and TV Satellite, will be fitted with 38 transponders, allowing easy reception of up to 300 television programs across China, southeast Asia, the Pacific and Oceania.

China's Long March rocket carriers have been used to offer 24 international commercial satellite launch services since 1990, involving 30 satellites and six payload services.

The rocket carriers have enjoyed a reputation of high reliability thanks to their record of 46 successful consecutive launches since October 1996, including China's two manned Shenzhou launches.

China Satcom, or the China Satellite Communications Corporation, is one of six national telecommunications operators in China.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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