by Staff Writers
Xichang (XNA) May 30, 2012
China successfully sent a telecommunication satellite, "ChinaSat 2A," into orbit on Saturday evening, using a Long March-3B carrier rocket launched from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The rocket blasted off at 11:56 p.m. Beijing time.
The satellite, developed by China Academy of Space Technology, will be used to meet the demands for China's radio and TV broadcasting and broadband multimedia transmissions, according to China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd.
Saturday's launch marked the 163th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
China Academy of Space Technology
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
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