Apstar VI

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Apstar VI
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Spacebus 4000C1
Manufacturer Alcatel Space
Launch mass 5,000 kilograms (11,000 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date April 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
Rocket Chang Zheng 3B
Launch site Xichang LA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 134° East Coordinates: 0°N 134°E / 0°N 134°E / 0; 134
Transponders
Band 38 C band
12 Ku band
Bandwidth 36 MHz
50 MHz
TWTA power 64W (C band)
145 (Ku band)
EIRP at Peak: 42 decibel-watts
60 decibel-watts

Apstar VI is a communications satellite built by Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel, and was boosted into orbit on April 12, 2005 by Long March 3B launcher from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China. It provides APT Satellite Holdings (APT), a satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, with broadband media and television services. It is fitted with 38 C-band transponders and 12 Ku band transponders. China is covered with a dedicated high power Ku band beam for broadband multimedia transmission. It is the second model of the Spacebus 4000. The transponders have a reduced C-band receiving dish over a wide footprint, which extends across India, China and Australia.[citation needed]

It is significant in enhancing cooperation between Alcatel Space and China as a follow up to the SINOSAT satellite.[citation needed]

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