On February 25, 2010, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), China Asia-Pacific Mobile Communications Satellite Company Limited (APMT) and Laos National Authority for Science and Technology (NAST) under Prime Minister’s Office PDR, jointly signed the Contract for Lao Satellite Broadcasting and Telecommunication System Construction (LAOSAT-1). This is the fifth satellite contract signed by CGWIC on an in-orbit-delivery basis with international customer.
This satellite will be manufactured on the basis of the Dongfanghong series of platforms designed and developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). It will be launched by an LM-3B launch vehicle provided by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC). China Satellite Launch & Tracking Control General (CLTC) will undertake the launch and TT&C operation.