China launches French-made satelliteApril 1st, 2012 - 7:21 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, April (IANS) China successfully has sent a French-made communication satellite into orbit with a carrier rocket launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.
Monitoring data indicated that the satellite — APSTAR-7 — separated from the carrier rocket — Long March-3B — and reached its designated geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) 26 minutes after its launch at 6.27 p.m., Xinhua reported.
Produced by Thales Alenia Space for Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Company Limited, the satellite is set to replace the APSTAR-2R, a member of the APT star system currently in orbit.
APSTAR-7 is able to provide TV transmission and satellite communication services to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Europe, as well as live TV broadcasting and trans-continental communication and broadcasting services to China, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
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