COM DEV equipment launched on ChinaSat 12 communications satellite
CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that the ChinaSat 12 satellite was successfully launched on November 28 with COM DEV-built switches on board.
Thales Alenia Space built ChinaSat 12 for Beijing-based satellite operator China Satcom; it carries 24 C-Band and 23 Ku-band high power beams. The satellite will provide communications, satellite broadcasting, data transmission, digital broadband multimedia and media streaming services in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /> China, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia, as well as the Indian Ocean and China Sea regions from its orbital position above the Indian Ocean.
Click here to view the launch video: http://youtu.be/rJygaXFghlc
"ChinaSat 12 adds much needed capacity in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa," said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International Products. "China Satcom has four more satellites planned to launch in the next two years, demonstrating the continuing high demand for communications capabilities in the region."
The satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan China on November 27 on a Long March 3B3 5 rocket. It has a life expectancy of 15 years.