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November 22, 2015
Image above: A Long March 3B rocket carrying the LaoSat-1 satellite blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Nov. 20, 2015. Image Credit: Xinhua/Qin Haishi.
China Launches First Communication Satellite for Laos. Video Credit: CCTV+
Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:07 UTC on November 20, 2015 (Friday), becoming the fifth GTO launch from Xichang in the last two and a half months. Following its midnight blastoff, the 56-meter tall Long March 3B swung to the south-east for a standard GTO delivery, taking the three-stage rocket across the Chinese mainland ahead of a pass over the Pacific Ocean.
LaoSat-1 satellite. Image Credit: CAST
The satellite is the first to use the DFH-3B of the China Academy of Space Technology. The satellite bus measures 2.2 by 2.0 by 3.1 meters in size with a launch mass of 3,800+ Kilograms, hosting payloads of to 450 Kilograms and a power of 4,000 Watts. LaoSat-1 is outfitted with 14 C-Band transponders and 8 Ku-Band transponders to deliver television and data services to southeastern Asia, stationed in a position of 128.5 degrees East in Geostationary Orbit.
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Images (mentioned), Video (mentioned), Text, Credits: CASC/Orbiter.ch Aerospace.