|Chinasat-9 Successfully Launched|
At 2015, June 9, 2008, China successfully blasted off Chinasat-9, a direct broadcasting
satellite, aboard a CZIIIB launch vehicle, from the Xi'chang Satellite Launch Center. 26
minutes after lifting off, the Xi'an ground control center received the data showing that the
satellite was separated from the carrier rocket. The satellite entered a geosynchronous
orbit with a perigee altitude of 214 km, an apogee altitude of 49,887 km, and an orbit
inclination angle of 24.2 degrees. Equipped with 22 ku transponders and a power output of
10,700w, the new satellite is designed to work in orbit for 15 years.