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BADR-A was launched by the People's Republic of China for Pakistan using the Long March 2 cluster launch vehicle. The launch from Xichang lifted the 52-kg satellite into a low-earth orbit where a digital communications experiment was demonstrated. It was expected to operate 15 to 20 minutes during 3 orbits a day. Built by SUPARCO, the Pakistan national space agency, the satellite was a 26-sided polyhedron, 483 mm in diameter. Signals ended after 35 days and the satellite decayed on December 8, 1990. BADR-A flew as a piggyback payload along with a mass model of AUSSAT, an Australian communications satellite.

Alternate Names

  • BADR 1
  • 20685

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1990-07-16
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 52 kg

Funding Agency

  • Pakistan National Space Agency (Pakistan)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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