Laos is getting close to date of launch of their first satellite. Designed under contract between Laos and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), LaoSat-1 communications satellite will be put into orbit at 128.5° East. Based on DFH-4 bus, with weight up to 5200 kg, operational life of 15 years and 22 transponders (14 for C band and 8 Ku band) will provide communication services for Laos. Designated operator of LaoSAt-1 will be Laos National Authority for Science and Technology (NAST). CGWIC will utilize in this mission Long March 3B rocket.