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ZX 18 (ChinaSat 18)

ZX 18 (ChinaSat 18) is a Chinese communications satellite based upon a DFH-4E bus.

The Chinasat 18 provides Ku commercial communications services with 30 Ku-band transponders, Ka broadband communication services with 14 Ka-band MSS spot user beams and exploring Ka-band broadcasting services with 2 Ka BSS-band transponders within the service coverage areas.

The satellite is being manufactured by CAST and will be launched onboard a CZ-3B/G2 launch vehicle. The satellite is to be launched and to provide services in the first quarter of 2019.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: China Satcom
Contractors: CAST
Equipment: 30 Ku-band transponders, 14 Ka MSS-band spot user beams, 2 Ka BSS-band transponders
Configuration: DFH-4E bus
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ZX 18 (ChinaSat 18) - 2019 Xi CZ-3B/G2