China is preparing to launch the APSTAR-9 communications satellite – on behalf of a Hong Kong-based satellite operator – on Friday. The launch is set to be conducted by a Long March-3B/G2 rocket, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with T-0 expected to occur at 16:13 UTC.
The path to launch began on November 22, 2013 – when the China Great Wall Industry Corporation signed a satellite procurement $211.2 million contract with APT Satellite Company Limited of Hong Kong for the APSTAR-9 Satellite Program.
APSTAR-9 is a replacement satellite for APT Satellite’s APSTAR-9A satellite.
As one of the leading satellite operators in the Asia-Pacific region, APT Satellite Company Limited – since its operation commenced in 1992 – currently owns and operates five in-orbit satellites, namely APSTAR-5, APSTAR-6, APSTAR-7, APSTAR-7B (partial) and APSTAR-9A, covering regions in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia approximately 75 percent of the world’s population, all of which were supplied by the top American and European satellite manufacturers.
Erfolgreicher Start von Long March 3B/2G