Sinosat 1 [Aerospatiale]
Sino Satellite Communications was formed in 1994 with Chinese participation of China Aerospace Corp (CASC), Commission of Defence Science & Technology [COSTIND], People's Bank of China and the Government of Shanghai. Sino Satellite was formed in an effort to overturn ChinaSat's domination [along with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications] of the Chinese satellite communications market.
Aérospatiale built Xinnuo 1 (Sinosat 1) at its facilities in Cannes, with delivery in november 1997 of the satellite to the customer, the Chinese-German company Euraspace, acting on behalf of Sinosatcom, a Chinese company. This was the fifth satellite using the Spacebus-3000A platform.
It is a powerful three-axis satellite with a liftoff weight of 2,820kg. Its solar array, spanning 26 meters, supplies over 5 kW to the payload of twenty-four C-band channels (36 MHz) and fourteen Ku-band channels (54 MHz). Three antennas, including two deployable antennas measuring 1.6 and 1.8 meters in diameter, and a 1m in diameter fixed antenna, cover the targeted zone from an orbital position at 110.5°ree; East on the geostationary orbit, during a life span exceeding 15 years.
The CZ-3B launcher launched the satellite from the Xichang launch site in the People's Republic of China in July 1998. The satellite provides a range of telecommunications services (including television, telephony, and inter-banking data transmission) covering all China, the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Indonesia and the Philippines.
In 2010, the satellite was taken over by China Satcom and renamed ZX 5B (ChinaSat 5B).
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||Sino Satellite Communications → China Satcom|
|Equipment:||24 C-band transponders, 14 Ku-band transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Sinosat 1 (Xinnuo 1, Intelsat APR1) → ZX 5B (ChinaSat 5B)||18.07.1998||Xi LC-2||CZ-3B|
Further Sinosat missions:
Further ZX (ChinaSat) missions:
Further Intelsat missions: