China successfully launched Chinasat-10 (Zhongxing-10) communication satellite from its Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest Sichuan Province on early Tuesday by a Long March-3B rocket carrier, blasted off from the center at 0:13 a.m. Chinasat-10 was designed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and will provide communication, broadcasting and data transmission services for users in China and the Asia-Pacific region. It will replace Chinasat-5B satellite, which was launched in 1998.
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide a multi-mission spacecraft Thor 7 for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc). The satellite will include Telenor’s first Ka-band payload, which will be used for maritime broadband services as well as Ku-band transponders to expand the broadcast capacity in Central and Eastern Europe.
THAICOM Plc. has chosen SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) to launch the new Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit in the second quarter of 2013 from its Cape Canaveral launch site.