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China launches French-made satellite

China,Science/Tech, Sun, 01 Apr 2012 IANS

Beijing, April (IANS) China successfully has sent a French-made communication satellite into orbit with a carrier rocket launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.


Monitoring data indicated that the satellite -- APSTAR-7 -- separated from the carrier rocket -- Long March-3B -- and reached its designated geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) 26 minutes after its launch at 6.27 p.m., Xinhua reported.


Produced by Thales Alenia Space for Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Company Limited, the satellite is set to replace the APSTAR-2R, a member of the APT star system currently in orbit.


APSTAR-7 is able to provide TV transmission and satellite communication services to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Europe, as well as live TV broadcasting and trans-continental communication and broadcasting services to China, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.


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