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APStar 6

APStar 6 [Alcatel]

APSTAR 6 is a high power satellite based on a Spacebus-4000C2 model with 38 C-band (64 W each) transponders and 12 Ku-band (145 W each) transponders. This satellite has an Asia Pacific footprint including Hawaii and a mission life of over 14 years. Besides, it is the first civil satellite in China to be equipped with anti-jamming system.

APSTAR 6 was be launched in 2005 to replace APSTAR IA at geostationary orbital slot 134 degree East.

In May 2018 several transponders were turned off after a malfunctioning solar array caused a drop in power.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: APT Satellite Company Ltd.
Contractors: Alcatel Space
Equipment: 38 C-band transponders, 12 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: Spacebus-4000C2
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 14 years
Mass: 4680 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
APStar 6 2005-012A 12.04.2005 Xi LC-2 CZ-3B


  • Alcatel
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