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Dong Fang Hong 42

Also called Chinasat 7 (Zhongxing 7) and HGS 2


Designation 24282 / 96048A
Launch date 18 Aug 1996
Country of origin China
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit n/a
Launch vehicle Long March 3 #40

Insured for $128 million. Should have replaced Spacenet 1 (Chinasat 5)

Operated by Chinasat

End of life

Out of service 18 Aug 1996
Cause The satellite was not delivered in the correct transfer orbit (20 km x 17227 km x 27.2°)

HGS might find a use of this satellite.

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data


Prime contractor Hughes
Platform HS-376
Mass at launch  
Mass in orbit 734 kg
Dimension 2.2 m diameter x 3.1 m stowed (7.5 m deployed)
Solar array  
DC power BOL: 1200 W
Design lifetime 10 years

The apogee motor onboard is a solid Star-30


Main transponders 24
Backup transponders
Power 16 W
Bandwidth 4 x 72 MHz
20 x 36 MHz
Coverage China and the South China Sea area
EIRP max 37 dBW

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