Author Topic: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)  (Read 11160 times)

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

https://spacenews.com/apt-satellite-orders-new-small-hts-satellite-from-chinas-cgwic/

I'm not sure why would some company order a small 1.3 tonnes GEO comsat these days (on reflection it fully uses electrical propulsion so maybe it's actually more Northrop Grumman Star-3 bus sized), I wonder if it's a pathfinder satellite for multi-orbital uses?

Note that this new "DFH-3E" bus can also be used for LEO comsats.
Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Offline mikezang

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2009
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Liked: 701
  • Likes Given: 31
See post #16 on the Chinese NOTAMs thread.
« Last Edit: 01/12/2023 05:48 pm by Galactic Penguin SST »

Offline mikezang

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2009
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Liked: 701
  • Likes Given: 31
someone said it might be CZ-2C with Yuanzheng-1, not CZ-3B....

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

someone said it might be CZ-2C with Yuanzheng-1, not CZ-3B....

That’s a weird one if true. Maybe APStar-6E or something similar previously not known?
Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Offline Liss

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1878
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Liked: 1080
  • Likes Given: 85
someone said it might be CZ-2C with Yuanzheng-1, not CZ-3B....
NOTAM'ed areas do not look as CZ-3B. I'd say CZ-2C has a good probability.
This message reflects my personal opinion based on open sources of information.

Offline Timothytyy

  • Member
  • Posts: 47
  • Liked: 28
  • Likes Given: 11
https://twitter.com/CNSpaceflight/status/1612397020928704513
Quote
Three more launches from China scheduled for this week. All seem Long March 2D to me
Jiuquan: ~07:00UTC on January 13
Xichang: ~18:15UTC on January 13 (Apstar-6E?)
Taiyuan: ~03:15UTC on January 15 (Jilin-1?)

Offline Steven Pietrobon

  • Member
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 38624
  • Adelaide, Australia
    • Steven Pietrobon's Space Archive
  • Liked: 31829
  • Likes Given: 7824
What's the reference for Yatai 6E payload in the thread title?
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

What's the reference for Yatai 6E payload in the thread title?

I’ve removed the name (which is = APStar-6E as I have mentioned a few posts above) since I don’t think there are any evidences that it’s really on board, only an “educated” guess.
Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

https://twitter.com/CNSpaceflight/status/1613577941623123968

I have poked around insider sources on Chinese social media and they all seems to think it's really the launch of APStar 6E, so I'm going to take it as the tentative identity of payload.
Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Online FutureSpaceTourist

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47460
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 80332
  • Likes Given: 36340
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #10 on: 01/12/2023 04:24 pm »
twitter.com/cnspaceflight/status/1613582569404239872

Quote
This small GEO communication satellite will be launched by Long March 2C (or 2D?) to LEO & then raised to higher orbit by its detachable kick stage (2). After the stage separation, Apstar-6E will rely on its electric propulsion system to reach its final parking position in GEO

https://twitter.com/cnspaceflight/status/1613586108163723264

Quote
DFH-3E is built by CAST in demands of low-cost GEO communications satellites from developing countries. This ~1.8-tonnes satellite is equipped with all-electric propulsion system and has a designed life of ~15 years.

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

Liftoff confirmed per local reports on Weibo.
Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

Note that the “transfer stage” is counted towards the payload, with the total mass of satellite + transfer stage at 4.3 tonnes.

https://m.weibo.cn/detail/4857278191371659

https://twitter.com/cosmic_penguin/status/1613606499317878789
« Last Edit: 01/12/2023 09:50 pm by Galactic Penguin SST »
Astronomy & spaceflight geek penguin. In a relationship w/ Space Shuttle Discovery. Current Priority: Chasing the Chinese Spaceflight Wonder Egg & A Certain Chinese Mars Rover

Offline Liss

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1878
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Liked: 1080
  • Likes Given: 85
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #13 on: 01/12/2023 06:03 pm »
Officially:

https://weibo.com/5386897742/Mo20mBsOV
Quote
中国航天科技集团China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation我国成功发射亚太6e卫星#【凌晨点火!长二丙成功发射亚太6E卫星 】1月13日2时10分, 长征二号丙运载火箭在西昌卫星发射中心点火起飞,成功将亚太6E卫星送入预定轨道,发射任务圆满成功。亚太6E卫星将为东南亚地区提供高速便捷的高通量宽带通信服务,有效填补东南亚的宽带通信市场空白。本次发射使用的火箭、卫星均由我航研制,这是长征系列运载火箭的第460次发射。(顾航瑜 摄)#Our country successfully launched the Asia-Pacific 6e satellite# [Ignition in the early morning! Chang 2 C successfully launched the APSTAR 6E satellite] At 2:10 on January 13, the Long March 2C carrier rocket ignited and took off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, successfully sending the APSTAR 6E satellite into the predetermined orbit, and the launch mission was a complete success. APSTAR 6E satellite will provide high-speed and convenient high-throughput broadband communication services for Southeast Asia, effectively filling the gap in the broadband communication market in Southeast Asia. The rockets and satellites used in this launch were all developed by China Airlines. This is the 460th launch of the Long March series of launch vehicles. (Photo by Gu Hangyu)
This message reflects my personal opinion based on open sources of information.

Offline Conexion Espacial

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2077
  • Liked: 3118
  • Likes Given: 2265
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #14 on: 01/12/2023 06:17 pm »
Satellite Images
I publish information in Spanish about space and rockets.
www.x.com/conexionspacial

Offline russianhalo117

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8747
  • Liked: 4652
  • Likes Given: 768
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #15 on: 01/12/2023 08:09 pm »
CZ-2C Yao number since no longer being released via patches it seems and per word of mouth rumours.

Online FutureSpaceTourist

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47460
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 80332
  • Likes Given: 36340
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #16 on: 01/12/2023 08:14 pm »
https://twitter.com/cnspaceflight/status/1613645337834696704

Quote
🚀 Closer view of today's Long March 2C launch of Apstar-6E

Offline Alter Sachse

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2410
  • Near Heidelberg
  • Liked: 1474
  • Likes Given: 1764
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #17 on: 01/12/2023 08:17 pm »
CZ-2C Yao number since no longer being released via patches it seems and per word of mouth rumours.
NK Forum writes Y61
« Last Edit: 01/13/2023 03:43 am by Alter Sachse »
One day you're a hero  next day you're a clown  there's nothing that is in between
        Jeff Lynne - "21century man"


Offline Steven Pietrobon

  • Member
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 38624
  • Adelaide, Australia
    • Steven Pietrobon's Space Archive
  • Liked: 31829
  • Likes Given: 7824
Re: APStar 6E - CZ-2C - Xichang - January 12, 2023 (18:10 UTC)
« Reply #19 on: 01/13/2023 04:59 am »
SciNews launch video.

Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

Tags: CZ-2C Xichang apstar-6e 
 

Advertisement NovaTech
Advertisement Northrop Grumman
Advertisement
Advertisement Margaritaville Beach Resort South Padre Island
Advertisement Brady Kenniston
Advertisement NextSpaceflight
Advertisement Nathan Barker Photography
0