XICHANG, Sichuan Province, June 9 (Xinhua) -- China
launched a new communications satellite, Zhongxing-9, from the Xichang Satellite
Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province at 8:15 p.m. (Beijing Time)
The satellite was shot into space aboard the Long
March-3B rocket carrier. It was the 107th launch mission for the Long March
series of carrier rockets.
A Long March-3B rocket carrying
Zhongxing-9 blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch
Center, southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 9, 2008. Zhongxing-9, a
satellite ordered by China Satcom and produced by the France-based Thales
Alenia Space, will be used for television live broadcast before the
Beijing Olympic Games. (Xinhua Photo)
Zhongxing-9, a satellite ordered by China Satcom from
the France-based Thales Alenia Space, would be used for live television
broadcast and put into use before the Beijing Olympic Games in August.
Audiences would be able to watch live broadcasts of
Olympic events via the satellite. The quality and coverage of the country's
television and broadcasting services were to be increased, and people in remote
regions of China would receive clear television programs.
The China Great Wall Industrial Corporation (CGWIC),
the contractor of the satellite launch, signed the launch service contract with
China Satcom in November 2005.
As the only company engaged in international commercial satellite launching services, CGWIC has launched 34 foreign satellites for 28 services.