China marks 300th 'Long March' rocket mission with new communication satellite
XICHANG, China - Just after midnight local time early Sunday morning, China launched 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 12:28 a.m. Beijing time by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. It will provide radio and TV transmission services.
The launch marks the 300th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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.
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