China launches communications satellite

Updated: 2010-11-25 14:34
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XICHANG, Sichuan - China successfully launched a communications satellite, "Zhongxing-20A", at 12:09 am Thursday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in 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.