Paksat 1R satellite launched by China reaches test orbit:
China on Tuesday said the communications satellite it launched for Pakistan has reached the test orbit. PAKSAT-1R, which was launched at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern China's Sichuan Province on Aug 12, entered its test orbit on Sunday and will soon begin an in-orbit test, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) said on Tuesday. The satellite is expected to enter its final orbit located at 38 degrees east longitude before delivery to Pakistan, citing CGWIC, Xinhua news agency reported. The satellite's construction and launch were funded by China. It is China's first in-orbit delivery to Asian customers and also the first commercial satellite export to international users this year. The contract for the PAKSAT-1R was signed in 2008 between the CGWIC and the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission of Pakistan. PAKSAT-1R will provide a range of services, including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting, covering regions in Europe, South Asia, Middle East, and eastern Africa. China and Pakistan share a long history of space technology cooperation. Pakistan's first low- orbit satellite, BADR-A, was launched by China in 1990, carried by the Long March 2E rocket.