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Cutting-Edge Chinese Satellite Malfunctions After Launch - Reports

Sputnik News

01:23 30.08.2019

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The ChinaSat-18 (Zhongxing-18) telecom satellite suffered a technical malfunction immediately after launch, SpaceNews reported on Thursday.

The satellite was launched on 19 August from the Xichang Space Centre aboard a Long March 3B rocket. It is the first satellite based on an enhanced version of the Chinese DFH-4 satellite platform.

The ChinaSat-18 allegedly experienced a solar array deployment failure, but this information has not been confirmed by satellite owner China Satcom.

According to the publication, the satellite is insured for $250 million. China Satcom has not yet filed a claim.

ChinaSat-18 is reportedly civilian telecommunications satellite, which was designed to provide broadcasting and communications services to China. ChinaSat-18 is reportedly equipped with high-end hardware to provide a range of broadcasting, communications services and internet applications across a lifetime of 15 years or more.

The Xinhua news agency reported earlier that the satellite had experienced abnormalities, and space engineers are investigating the cause.


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