China has sent a new communication satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
The “ChinaSat 6C” satellite was launched at 0:28 a.m. Beijing Time by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. It will provide high-quality radio and TV transmission services.
The satellite has been sent to the geostationary orbit, and can cover China, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific island countries.
The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, and will be operated by the China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd.
The launch marks the 300th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.