It is reported that U.S. Department of Defense will continue to lease the Chinese commercial satellite in its Africa Command communications. The lease contract worths $ 10.7 million.
The Pentagon said in a statement on the 15th that “After further analysis, the ‘Asia-Pacific’ is still the only man-made satellite meeting the satellite communications needs of Africa Command, action needs make us have to continue to lease it.”
U.S. Department of Defense said, “At the same time, we are actively looking for future options, to support Africa Command through better solutions.” The U.S. Department of Defense also said that the space policy office is also working to establish a “monitoring mechanism” for better management and evaluation of the use of commercial communications services.
Asia-Pacific 7 satellite and its strategic importance
The so-called Asia-Pacific-7 satellite (亚太七号卫星) is a French-made communications satellite for APT Satellite Holdings Limited, the satellite is equipped with 28 C-band and 28 Ku-band transponders. Asia-Pacific uses the C-band to provide television transmission and satellite communications services for Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia, Europe and other places; the Ku-band is used to provide live television, satellite news gathering, very small aperture terminal (VSAT) and in particular the cross-intercontinental communications services for China, the Middle East – Central Asia, Africa. Asia-Pacific 7 satellite was launched by China in 2012 with “Long March III B” enhanced carrier rocket.
“Asia-Pacific” satellite was made by the French Thales Alenia Aerospace Manufacturing, and successfully launched in Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China in March 2012 by the “Long March III B” carrier rocket. It is owned by the Hong Kong APT Satellite Holdings Co., Ltd (its largest shareholder is China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Company). Asia-Pacific 7 satellite is currently one of the most influential satellites in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa and other regions.
Source: Xinhua Net, Baike.baidu.com