China launches telecommunication satellite

May 27th, 2012 - 2:19 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, May 27 (IANS) China successfully launched a telecommunication satellite into orbit Saturday night.

The ChinaSat 2A was launched at 11.56 p.m. using a Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province, Xinhua reported.

According to China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd., the satellite developed by China Academy of Space Technology is meant to meet the demands of China’s radio and TV broadcasting and broadband multimedia transmissions.

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.

–Indo-Asian News Series

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