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Apstar 2



General


Launch date 25 Jan 1995 at 19:26 UT
Country of origin China
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit should have been in 77°E slot
Launch vehicle Long March 2E

Six people had been killed by falling debris from the explosion which also injured 27. The insurers payed $160 million

End of life


Out of service 25 Jan 1995
Cause Exploded of the satellite shortly after launcher.
Failure Review attributed the failure to wind shear interaction with the vehicles structure and the inability of the rather rudimentary control and guidance system of the Long March 2E to account for this.

Technical data



Specifications


Prime contractor Hughes
Platform HS-601
Mass at launch  
Mass in orbit  
Dimension stowed: 2.7 x 3.6 x 4 m
Solar array 26 m span
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 4300 W
Design lifetime  


C-band


Main transponders 26
Backup transponders  
Power 52 W
Bandwidth  
Coverage  
EIRP max  
Polarization  


Ku-band


Main transponders 8
Backup transponders  
Power 6 transponders at 50 W
2 transponders at 120 W
Bandwidth  
Coverage  
EIRP max  
Polarization  

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