The carrier rocket Long March-3A blasts off from the Xichang
Satellite Launch Centre in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 1,
2007. China on early Friday morning launched 'SinoSat-3,' a communications
satellite for data transfer, radio and television broadcasting, aboard a
Long March-3A carrier rocket, marking the 100th flight of its Long March
XICHANG, Sichuan Province -- China on early Friday morning launched
"SinoSat-3", a communications satellite for radio and television broadcasting,
aboard a Long March-3A carrier rocket, marking the 100th flight of its Long
The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the
southwest Sichuan province at 0:08 a.m. (Beijing Time), separated from the
rocket about 24 minutes after lift-off, before entering the geosynchronous
orbit, data from the northwest Xi'an Satellite Control center show.
SinoSat-3 and its carrier rocket, were mainly developed and manufactured by
the China Academy of Space Technology and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle
Technology, both under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
Its predecessor SinoSat-2, China's first direct-to-home satellite, was
launched on October 29 last year. It was revealed a month later that it failed
to deploy its solar panels and communication antennae and was deemed inoperable,
the Sino Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. (SinoSat), a Chinese satellite
operator and the user of the SinoSat series, has said.
A substitute satellite for the failed SinoSat-2 will take at least three
years to develop, with more technical upgrades, according to a SinoSat spokesman
It is not clear whether SinoSat-3 will replace part of the service of
China has 12.6 million digital TV subscribers and 400 million television
sets, suggesting a huge potential market for satellite TV.
SinoSat-1, launched in July 1998, was bought from France mainly to undertake
China's radio and TV broadcast and communications services in the Asia-Pacific