Third heaviest satellite launched by China into space at 6,140 kg
AsiaSat-9 is a commercial satellite operated by Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (China) for the purpose of communications.
Delivered via Proton (launch vehicle) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, it was launched into space on 28 September 2017 and orbits the Earth as a GEO satellite. AsiaSat-9 was constructed by Space Systems/Loral (USA).
AsiaSat-9 has a launch mass of 6,140 kg and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 15 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2017-057A and NORAD ID 42942.
With an orbital eccentricity of 8.30E-05, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,783km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,790km. It takes 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth along the longitude of 122 degrees.