Illustration of ZX 15A
|Mission duration||15 years|
|Manufacturer||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch mass||5,054 kilograms (11,142 lb)|
|Power||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||27 November 2012|
|Rocket||Chang Zheng 3B/E|
|Launch site||Xichang LA-2|
China sea area
the Indian Ocean region.
Now called Zhongxing 15A (ZX 15A), or ChinaSat-15A, the former Zhongxing 12 communications satellite is wholly owned by China Satcom, with part of its communications payload leased or rented by SupremeSAT, a Sri Lankan company to be marketed to potential users as SupremeSAT-I. Once operational it will provide communications services for the China, Sri Lanka, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia and China sea area, the Indian Ocean region.
Following launch on 27 November 2012, the satellite was placed into geosynchronous orbit and located at 51.5° East while being tested. On April 19, 2013 it started to move towards its operational location at 87.5° East. At the same time it was renamed Chinasat 15A to reflect its future operation as a replacement for Chinasat 5A, the current incumbent of the slot.
The satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space and has a designed life of 15 years.
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