Laos sends off its first satellite to space

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Laosat-1Laos, with the help of China, launched its first-ever satellite on November 20. Laosat-1 is designed to provide communication links for government work, television transmission and a range of telecommunication applications in the mountainous, heavily forested country.

The satellite, also built by China, took of on a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan province.

The launch of the satellite was a special gift to Laos to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on December 2, according to the Laos’ Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Hiem Phommachanh.

Laosat-1 will operate in a geostationary orbit at 128.5 degrees East, a slot reserved for Laos. The expected lifetime is 15 years. The minister added that Laos was “very proud to have its own satellite for the purposes of socio-economic advancement, which will be an important source of income for the country.”

Laos in 2010 signed a contract for Laosat-1 with the China Great Wall Industry Corporation, which deals with China’s international space industry customers.

The Laos National Authority for Science and Technology will operate the satellite once operational in its designated orbit.

LaoSat-1 is based on the Dongfanghong  series of satellite platforms, designed and developed by the China Academy of Space Technology. The Long March-3B rocket, currently China’s most powerful active rocket, was developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

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Laos, with the help of China, launched its first-ever satellite on November 20. Laosat-1 is designed to provide communication links for government work, television transmission and a range of telecommunication applications in the mountainous, heavily forested country.

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Laosat-1Laos, with the help of China, launched its first-ever satellite on November 20. Laosat-1 is designed to provide communication links for government work, television transmission and a range of telecommunication applications in the mountainous, heavily forested country.

The satellite, also built by China, took of on a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan province.

The launch of the satellite was a special gift to Laos to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on December 2, according to the Laos’ Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Hiem Phommachanh.

Laosat-1 will operate in a geostationary orbit at 128.5 degrees East, a slot reserved for Laos. The expected lifetime is 15 years. The minister added that Laos was “very proud to have its own satellite for the purposes of socio-economic advancement, which will be an important source of income for the country.”

Laos in 2010 signed a contract for Laosat-1 with the China Great Wall Industry Corporation, which deals with China’s international space industry customers.

The Laos National Authority for Science and Technology will operate the satellite once operational in its designated orbit.

LaoSat-1 is based on the Dongfanghong  series of satellite platforms, designed and developed by the China Academy of Space Technology. The Long March-3B rocket, currently China’s most powerful active rocket, was developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

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