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Palapa D



Palapa D, an Indonesian communications satellite, was launched by a Chinese Long March 3B rocket from Xichang on 31 August 2009 at 09:28 UT. A problem with the third stage booster caused the satellite to be placed in a lower than expected orbit. The third stage was to have put the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit but instead left Palapa D in an orbit of roughly 220 x 21,150 km with a 22.3° inclination.

Alternate Names

  • 35812
  • PalapaD

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-08-31
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Indonesia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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