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      China Launches Satellite for Pakistan

      China on Friday launched a communications satellite PAKSAT-1R for its close ally Pakistan.
      By Gabe Kahn.
      First Publish: 8/12/2011, 4:34 PM

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      China on Friday launched a communications satellite PAKSAT-1R for its close ally Pakistan. 
       
      It was launched in the early hours on Friday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. 
       
      The satellite was carried by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, Chinese official agency Xinhua reported. 
       
      PAKSAT-1R will provide a range of services including broadband internet, telecom and broadcasting, covering some regions of Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and the eastern Africa, besides a host of defence applications. 
       
      The satellite will replace Paksat-1. The life span of the satellite was stated to be 15 years. 
       
      The Paksat-1R satellite is designed and manufactured by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Pakistan's official APP news agency reported.  
       
      The satellite carries communication payload to facilitate the introduction of a range of new services, including broadband internet, digital television broadcasting, remote and rural telephony, emergency communications, tele-education and tele-medicine. 
       
      The satellite has 30 transponders onboard, including 12 C band and 18 Ku band transponders. To meet the coverage requirements, Paksat-1R has advance communication antennas, covering South Asian sub-continent, the Middle East, east Africa and part of Western European areas and cities. 
       
      China and Pakistan share a long history of space technology cooperation. Pakistan's first low-orbit satellite, BADR-A, was launched by China in 1990 with Long March 2E rocket, it said.