04 May 2018
On 04 May, China launched a new communication satellite "APSTAR-6C" at 00:06 h Beijing Time (03. April; 16:06 h UTC) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The satellite, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), was sent into orbit by the Long March-3B carrier rocket. This was the 273rd mission of the Long March rocket series. The user of the satellite is Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Co., Ltd. The satellite will provide TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region. It is the second communication satellite developed by CAST for APT Satellite, following the APSTAR-9, which went into orbit on 17 October 2015.