Chinasat 9, also known as Zhongxing 9 (中星九號) or ZX-9, 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. It is based on the Spacebus 4000C2 satellite bus, and was constructed in France by Thales Alenia Space. 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. It is operated by the China Telecommunications Broadcast Satellite Corporation on behalf of the China Ministry of Post and Telecommunications. Equipped with 22 NATO J-band (IEEE Ku-band) transponders, it will be placed in geosynchronous orbit at a longitude of 92.2° East.
Long March 3B To Carry Chinasat 9 Into Orbit.(China Great Wall Industrial Corp.contracts with China Satellite Communications Corp.)(Brief Article)
Nov 21, 2005; China Great Wall Industry Corp. and China Satellite Communications Corp. (Chinasat) signed a contract Nov. 9 for the launch of...