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Purchase deal to send satellite into orbit

CHINA Great Wall Industry Corp and Indonesian firm Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera yesterday signed a purchase contract for the latter’s satellite system, namely PALAPA-N1, scheduled to orbit in first half of 2020.

The PALAPA-N1 communication satellite project is the first communication satellite of Indonesia that is produced by China.

Under the contract, CGWIC is responsible for in orbit delivery of the PALAPA-N1. CGWIC shall provide a package solution with the products and services to its Indonesian client, including the satellite, the rocket launching service, ground system, insurance and financing support.

The PALAPA-N1 satellite, which is designed to replace the PALAPA-D, will be launched by Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China.

PALAPA-N1 will provide the latest technology of High Throughput Satellite for broadcast and broadband telecommunications.

CGWIC President Yin Liming said the satellite would significantly improve broadcast and broadband in Indonesia.

CGWIC won the contract after undergoing a strict auction process covering technical, manufacturing period and cost efficiency. It beat competitors from Europe and the United States to get the contract.

The PALAPA-N1 satellite is developed by China Academy of Space Technology, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, which is also the parent of CGWIC.

The PALAPA-N1’s satellite system is designed to have lifetime of more than 16 years, and is equipped with 42 transponders.


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