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Tiantong 1-03 communications satellite successfully launched
SOURCE: CASC     UPDATED: 2021-01-20

China successfully launched a new communications satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Wednesday.

The Tiantong 1-03 satellite was launched at 00:25 a.m. (Beijing Time) by a Long March-3B carrier rocket and entered the preset orbit successfully.

Tiantong-1 is a satellite mobile communications system independently developed and built by China. It consists of a space segment, ground segment, and user terminal.

The Tiantong 1-03 satellite will establish a mobile network with ground facilities to provide all-weather, all-time, stable and reliable mobile communications services such as voice, short message and data for users in China and its surrounding areas, the Middle East, Africa and other related regions, as well as most sea areas in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Wednesday's launch was the 358th by the Long March rocket series and also the country's first space launch in 2021.