ChinaSat 9

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ChinaSat 9
Mission type Communication
Operator China Satellite Communications
Spacecraft properties
Bus Spacebus-4000C2
Manufacturer Thales Alenia Space
Launch mass 4,500 kilograms (9,900 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 9 June 2008, 12:15 (2008-06-09UTC12:15Z) UTC
Rocket Long March 3B
Launch site Xichang LA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 92.2° East

ChinaSat 9 (Chinese: 中星9号; pinyin: Zhōngxīng Jiǔhào),[2] also known as ZX-9,[citation needed] is a Chinese communications satellite. It was launched from pad 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 9 June 2008, at 12:15 GMT, by a Long March 3B carrier rocket.[3] It is based on the Spacebus 4000C2 satellite bus, and was constructed in France by Thales Alenia Space in its Cannes Mandelieu Space Center.[4] It is one of several ChinaSat spacecraft in orbit.

It was launched to act as a relay satellite for the 2008 Olympic Games, and will subsequently be used for general communications. Equipped with 22 NATO J-band (IEEE Ku band) transponders, it was placed in geosynchronous orbit at a longitude of 92.2° East.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "ZX 9 (Chinasat 9)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ "中星9号". China Satellite Communications (in Chinese). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Barbosa, Rui C. (2008-06-09). "CZ-3B Chang Zheng-3B launches ChinaSat-9". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  4. ^ Yuxia, Jiang (2008-06-09). "China launches French-built satellite". Xinhua. Retrieved 2008-06-09.