BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian
communication satellite Palapa D entered its geosynchronous orbit on September
9, despite an ignition failure on the rocket that carried the satellite more
than a week ago, the satellite's manufacturer said Saturday.
The satellite had conducted a number of orbit
maneuvers in order to get into the geosynchronous orbit, and was in normal
state, the company said.
Reynald Seznec, Chief Executive Officer of Thales
Alenia Space, said on Wednesday that the fuel Palapa D carried was enough for
the satellite to operate for about 10 years in its orbit, 2/3 of the contracted
Palapa D was launched atop a China-made Long March 3B
rocket on August 31 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.
It did not reach its preset orbit after the third
stage of the Long March rocket failed during a second-time ignition. The
satellite was captured a few hours later, and was able to conduct orbit
The Palapa D satellite, owned by Indonesian satellite
communications company Indosat, was supposed to provide satellite links and
broadcasting services for Indonesia and other southeastern Asian nations.
Indosat ordered the satellite from Thales Alenia
Space in 2007.