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APMT 1, 2

APMT 1, 2 [Boeing BSS]

Hughes Space and Communications International, Inc. was contracted to provide a satellite-based mobile phone system to Asia-Pacific Mobile Telecommunications Satellite (APMT) Pte. Ltd. consisting of one APMT satellite and one spare in 1998 for $450 million. Featuring 7 kilowatts of power and a 12.25-meter L-band antenna, the APMT system was to provide the infrastructure to support residents in Asia-Pacific countries reaching north to China, south to Indonesia, east to Japan, and west to Pakistan. Using both L-band user links and Ku-band gateway links, APMT was to be capable of supporting 16,000 voice circuits simultaneously. The first APMT satellite, an HS-GEM (Geomobile) spacecraft model designed specifically for geomobile communications, was to be available for a CZ-3B launch in 2000. APMT was designed to provide a minimum of 12 years of service from its orbital slot between 95 degrees and 125 degrees East longitude.

Asia-Pacific Mobile Telecommunications (APMT) has terminated its contract with Hughes Space and Communications Co. to build the $450 million satellite-based mobile telephone system in April 1999 because Hughes was unable to secure the necessary U.S. export licenses for the program.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Asia-Pacific Mobile Telecommunications Satellite (APMT) Pte. Ltd.
Contractors: Hughes
Equipment: L-band
Configuration: HS-GEM (Geomobile)
Propulsion: R-4D, 4 × XIPS-25 Ion engines
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 12 years
Mass: kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
APMT 1 - cancelled Xi LC-2 CZ-3B
APMT 2 - cancelled Xi LC-2 CZ-3B

References:

  • Boeing Satellite Systems website