Satellite TianLian 3 (TL-1-03, CTDRS) of Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST)

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names TianLian 3 (TL-1-03, CTDRS)
Country of Operator/Owner China (PR)
Operator/Owner Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST)
Users Government
Purpose Communications
Class of Orbit GEO
Type of Orbit
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 16.86
Perigee (km) 35768
Apogee (km) 35802
Eccentricity 0.000403273633020994
Inclination (degrees) 2.04
Period (minutes) 1436
Launch Mass (kg.) 2200
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 25-07-2012
Expected Lifetime
Contractor Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST)
Country of Contractor China (PR)
Launch Site Xichang Satellite Launch Center
Launch Vehicle Long March 3C
COSPAR Number 2012-040A
NORAD Number 38730
Comments Data relay satellite. Will cover Shenzhou missions and China´s space station.


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