ZX 6A [CAST]
ZX 6A (Zhongxing 6A, ChinaSat 6A) (formerly Sinosat-6, Xinnuo 6) is based upon a DFH-4 bus and embarks a hybrid communications payload made up of 24 C-band, 8 Ku-band and 1 S-band active transponders. The spacecraft will have a 15-year design lifetime and a 5,000 kg launch mass.
After launch, the satellite developed a leakage in the helium pressurization system, which lead to a significant reduction of the operational life to only 11 years. It was replaced in April 2022 by ZX 6D.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Operator:||China Satcom (formerly Sino Satellite Communications)|
|Equipment:||24 C-band, 8 Ku-band and 1 S-band active transponders|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||15 years (planned); 11 years (achieved)|
|Mass:||~ 5000 kg|
|ZX 6A (ChinaSat 6A) (ex Sinosat 6, Xinnuo 6)||2010-042A||04.09.2010||Xi LC-2||CZ-3B/G2|
Further ZX (ChinaSat) missions: