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China Launches High-power Communications Satellite
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China successfully launched a home-made high-power communications and broadcast satellite into space aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 0:20 on Sunday.


The new-generation SinoSat-2 satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, is designed to serve broadcast TV, digital TV, live broadcast TV and digital broadband multimedia systems on the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.


The satellite split off from the rocket about 25 minutes after lift-off and then successfully entered the geosynchronous transfer orbit. Its orbit will be adjusted several times by commanders on the ground until it is positioned above the equator at 92.2 East Longitude.


SinoSat-2, developed and manufactured mainly by the China Academy of Space Technology, weighs about 5.1 tonnes and has 22 transponders. It has a designed life of 15 years, including 12 years of in-orbit service life.


The carrier rocket used in the launch was developed and manufactured by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. The launch marked the 93rd flight of Long March series of carrier rockets and China's 51th consecutive successful space launch since October 1996.


A SINO Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. (SINOSAT) official said SinoSat-2 will greatly help China to tap the international space flight market, improve the capacity, safety and reliability of China's information broadcast and conduct live TV broadcast.


SinoSat-1, launched in July 1998, was bought from abroad mainly to undertake China's radio and TV broadcast and communications services in the Asia-Pacific Region.


SinoSat-3, specially for radio and TV services, is now in the stage of research and development. It will be put into operation in 2007, according to the official.


(Xinhua News Agency October 29, 2006)




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