China launches new communication satellite

The Zhongxing-10 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province at 0.13 a.m., Xinhua reported.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 09:18 AM IST

Beijing: China successfully launched a new communication satellite early Tuesday, officials said.

The Zhongxing-10 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province at 0.13 a.m., Xinhua reported.

It was carried by the Long March-3B carrier rocket.

The control centre said the satellite successfully separated from the carrier rocket and entered Earth`s orbit as scheduled, 26 minutes after the launch.

The Zhongxing-10 was designed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology.

It will provide communication, broadcasting and data transmission services for users in China and the Asia-Pacific region.