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Updated on: Thursday, July 09, 2020, 10:52 PM IST

China launches new commercial telecommunication satellite

A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the commercial telecommunication satellite APSTAR-6D blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 9, 2020. China successfully sent the satellite into a planned orbit on Thursday. |  (Photo by Guo Wenbin/Xinhua)

A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the commercial telecommunication satellite APSTAR-6D blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 9, 2020. China successfully sent the satellite into a planned orbit on Thursday. | (Photo by Guo Wenbin/Xinhua)

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China successfully sent a commercial telecommunication satellite, known as APSTAR-6D, into a planned orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Thursday.

The APSTAR-6D telecommunication satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 8:11 p.m. (Beijing Time), according to the center.

The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

It was purchased by the APT Mobile SatCom Limited to provide satellite broadband telecommunication services for airborne, shipborne, vehicle-borne, and other mobile communication applications.

Thursday's launch was the 339th by the Long March rocket series.

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Published on: Thursday, July 09, 2020, 10:52 PM IST
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