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Chinasat 16

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2017-018A

Description

The 4.6-tonne satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and is based on the DFH-3B satellite platform. According to state media reports, the satellite will be named Shijian-13 during its test program phase, before being renamed ChinaSat 16 when it is transferred to China SatCom.

The new satellite will test a new electric propulsion system to be used for orbit raising and station keeping at a geosynchronous altitude. It also carries the first high-throughput satellite payload (HTS) developed by China. The satellite features a Ka-band broadband communications system capable of transmitting 20 gigabytes of data per second, making it the most powerful communications satellite the nation has developed to date.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2017-04-12
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
    Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China

    Funding Agency

    • Chinese Academy of Sciences (Peoples Republic of China)

    Discipline

    • Communications

    Additional Information

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

     
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