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CHINESE LONG MARCH 3B LAUNCHES ALGERIA’S FIRST TELECOM SATELLITE

CHINESE LONG MARCH 3B LAUNCHES ALGERIA’S FIRST TELECOM SATELLITE China Great Wall Industry Corp. launched Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat-1, aboard a Long March 3B rocket at 11:40 a.m. Eastern to geostationary transfer orbit, the Algerian press agency APS said today. The 5,225-kilogram satellite carries a 33-transponder payload comprised of 19 in Ku-band, 12 in Ka-band and two in L-band, according to a statement from China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC). Similar to China’s other foreign satellite deals, CGWIC built the satellite and provided the launch vehicle, sidestepping manufacturing and rocket restrictions tied to U.S. components, which are in most other commercial telecom satellites.    More



(Source: SpaceNews - Dec 11)

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