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China launches communications satellite

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A Long March 3A carrier rocket , carrying "Zhongxing-20A" communication satellite, blasts off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Nov. 25, 2010. The satellite was successfully put in the predetermined orbit on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Wang Yulei)



XICHANG, Sichuan, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched a communications satellite, "Zhongxing-20A", at 12:09 a.m. Thursday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

"Zhongxing-20A" would help improve the country's radio and television broadcasts, said a statement from the center.

The satellite was sent by a Long March 3A rocket into the preset orbit.

It was the 135th launch of China's Long March series of rockets since April 24, 1970, when a Long March-1 rocket successfully sent China's first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into space.

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XICHANG, Sichuan, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- China will launch a communications satellite, "Zhongxing-20A", at an appropriate time in coming days, the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province said in a statement Tuesday.

The satellite will be carried by a Long March 3A carrier rocket, said the statement. Full story

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