Apstar 6 is a communications satellite built by Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel, and was boosted into orbit on April 12, 2005, by Long March 3B launcher from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China. It provides APT Satellite, a satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, with broadband media and television services. It is fitted with 38 C-band transponders and 12 Ku band transponders. China is covered with a dedicated high power Ku band beam for broadband multimedia transmission. It is the second model of the Spacebus 4000. The transponders have a reduced C-band receiving dish over a wide footprint, which extends across India, China and Australia.[citation needed]

Apstar 6
OperatorAPT Satellite
COSPAR ID2005-012A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.28638Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration15 years (planned)
18 years, 10 months, 11 days
(in progress)
Spacecraft properties
BusSpacebus 4000C1
ManufacturerAlcatel Space
Launch mass5,000 kilograms (11,000 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
RocketLong March 3B
Launch siteXichang LA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude134° East 0°N 134°E / 0°N 134°E / 0; 134
Band38 C band
12 Ku band
Bandwidth36 MHz
50 MHz
TWTA power64W (C band)
145 (Ku band)
EIRPat Peak: 42 decibel-watts
60 decibel-watts

It is significant in enhancing cooperation between Alcatel Space and China as a - to the SINOSAT satellite.[citation needed] Apstar 6 was built as an ITAR-free satellite, containing no restricted U.S. components.[1] Under the U.S. ITAR regulations, U.S. satellite components may not be exported for launch on Chinese rockets. However, the U.S. Department of State did not accept the ITAR-free status of these satellites and fined the US company Aeroflex $8 million for selling ITAR components. In 2013, Thales Alenia discontinued its ITAR-free satellite line.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ Harvey, Brian (2013). China in Space: The Great Leap Forward. New York: Springer. pp. 160–162. ISBN 9781461450436.
  2. ^ Ferster, Warren (5 September 2013). "U.S. Satellite Component Maker Fined $8 Million for ITAR Violations". SpaceNews.

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