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Satellite Launched for Pakistan Enters Test Orbit
    UPDATED: 2011-09-16

BEIJING, Sep. 16 (China Space News) — After orbital transfer, drifting and position acquisition, the communications satellite PAKSAT-1R was successfully positioned at 37.8°E in the geostationary orbit on Sep. 11, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) said Tuesday.

All of the subsystems of the satellite have been working smoothly so far and payloads testing is to begin soon. Then, the satellite will be transfered to its final orbital location at 38°E before delivery to its costumer Pakistan, according to CGWIC.

PAKSAT-1R was launched on Aug. 12 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. It is China's first in-orbit delivery to Asian customers and also the first commercial satellite export to international users this year. Two more commercial launches are scheduled in the second half of this year.