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Laos expects to launch its first satellite in 2015

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Satellite launch on track for next year

Laos expects to launch its first satellite before the end of 2015, an official of the post and telecommunications ministry told Vientiane Times this week.

Lao Sat 1 is expected to be launched into an orbital location owned by Laos at a longitude of 128.5 degrees east.

The satellite will provide 22 transponders for television and telephone channels.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week to mark the beginning of construction of a ground station in Vientiane, which will be used to communicate with the satellite.

The project, which is reported to cost more than US$250 million, is being funded by a loan from the Chinese government.
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