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China Launches New Communications Satellite
    UPDATED: 2011-09-20

XICHANG, Sichuan, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched a new communications satellite, Zhongxing-1A, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan Province early Monday.

The satellite, lifted by a Long March-3B rocket carrier, blasted off from the center at 0:33 a.m. and successfully entered the preset orbit, sources with the center said.

Zhongxing-1A was designed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The satellite will provide high-quality voice communication, broadcast and data transmission services for users across China.

The launch was the 146th mission for the Long March carrier rocket series.

Source: Xinhua