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Asiasat 3/HGS-1 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Asiasat 3 was an accidental Moon mission. A communications satellite launched for China, a booster rocket malfunction failed to put Asiasat 3 in a stable Earth orbit.

Accomplishments: Using techniques pioneered by space science missions, engineers sent the spacecraft on two flights around the Moon to put it into a stable orbit at Earth. It was the first time such a maneuver was performed by a commercial satellite. The spacecraft has since been bought and sold and renamed.


Key Dates
24 Dec 1997:  Launch
Status: Success
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Asiasat Facts China's AsiaSat 3 was to provide television and telecommunication services for Asia, the Middle East and Australasia.

An investigation found the satellite exceeded the booster rocket's maximum payload.

This was the first use of the Moon's gravity to salvage a commercial satellite.
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