Alcatel to build Chinasat 9

Alcatel today signed a contract with China Satellite Communication Corporation to design and produce a new-generation communications satellite, Chinasat 9.

Alcatel announced today that it signed a contract with China Satellite Communication Corporation (ChinaSat) to design and produce a new-generation communications satellite, Chinasat 9. This direct broadcasting satellite will enable ChinaSat to be the first state-owned Chinese company to provide satellite broadcast services in China.

The Chinasat 9 satellite, based on the Spacebus 4000 C1 platform, will be fitted with 22 active Ku-band transponders for broadcast satellite services (BSS), including eighteen 36-MHz and four 54-MHz channels. Chinasat 9 will weigh about 4,500 kilograms at liftoff and offer life power of about 11 kW. Positioned at 92.2 degrees East (or 134 degrees East), it will reportedly offer a design life of more than 15 years.

This satellite will be launched by a Chinese Long March rocket. Alcatel Space will be in charge of the launch campaign, orbital positioning, in-orbit tests and delivery of a satellite simulator.

During the contract signing ceremony in Paris, CEO of Alcatel, Serge Tchuruk said: “The Chinasat 9 contract marks a new step forward in the collaboration that Alcatel and China started some 20 years ago in the satellites area. Direct broadcasting is an emerging market in China which will offer interesting opportunities in the years to come.”