China puts French satellite into space

October 8th, 2011 - 3:40 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 8 (IANS) China Friday successfully put a French telecom satellite into space from its Xichang launch centre.

A Long March-III2 carrier rocket, launched from Xichang in southern China, put the W3C telecom satellite into orbit Friday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

The launch marked the first time for China to cooperate with a European satellite operator since the signing of a China-France satellite launch agreement in 2008.

The W3C satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space, a French satellite manufacturer, and is owned by Eutelsat, a leading provider of satellite communication services.

The W3C has a designed lifespan of 15 years and will provide television, radio, broadband, video and internet service.

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