China's Sino Satellite Communications Co. Ltd confirmed reports last week that SinoSat-2 had failed in orbit. An article on www.spacemart.com said that while the satellite was successfully placed into orbit, the solar panels failed. The Oct. 29, 2006 launch of SinoSat-2, China's first direct-to-home satellite was covered in a previous RF Report.
Sino Satellite Communications said in an article posted on ChinaDaily.com, that the SinoSat-2 "unfortunately suffered serious technical defects and was unable to deploy its solar panels and communications antennae. It, therefore, cannot provide broadcasting and telecommunications services."
SinoSat-3, the next satellite the company plans to launch, will not include transponders for direct-to-home transmissions. China Satcom plans to launch Chinasat 9 to the same orbital location as SinoSat-2. Chinasat 9 will be able to provide DBS signals to most parts of China.
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