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China Launches New Communications Satellite
    UPDATED: 2011-06-22
BEIJING, June 22 (China Space News) — China successfully launched a new communications satellite, the Zhongxing-10, from its Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 21.

The satellite, carried by a Long March-3B launch vehicle, blasted off from the center at 0:13 a.m., and entered Earth's orbit as scheduled 26 minutes after being launched.

The Zhongxing-10 was designed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The satellite will provide communication, broadcasting and data transmission services for users in China and the Asia-Pacific region. It will replace the Zhongxing-5B satellite, which was launched in 1998.

The launch is the 138th flight of the Long March launch vehicle family.