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Designator id: 1996-039A

Description of APSTAR 1A Satellite:

APSTAR 1A was a Chinese geosynchronous communications satellite launched by a Long March 3 rocket from the Xichang center in southeastern China. It provided TV coverage to the Asian-Pacific countries through its 24 C-band transponders. It is expected to provide 10 years of service. It had two telescoping cylindrical solar panels and an antenna array that folded down for launch. It measured 2.2 meters in diameter and a compact 3.1 meters tall when stowed for launch. With the solar panels deployed and the antennas unfolded in orbit, it measured 7.5 meters. The solar panels were covered with K-4 3/4 solar cells, which produced 1130 watts at beginning of life. During eclipse, two super nickel cadmium batteries provided power for uninterrupted service.

Technical data:

Launch Date: 1996-07-03
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 726.0 kg
Nominal Power: 1130.0 W
Funding Agencies:

APT Satellite Company Ltd (Peoples Republic of China)



Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 23943U 96039A   12341.71683425  .00000111  00000-0  10000-3 0    27
2 23943 006.5990 058.6471 0000908 207.2275 119.9074 01.00272410 60188

Last TLE update on :2012-12-07

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