The APSTAR-6D telecommunication satellite. (Photo provided by China Academy of Space Technology)
XICHANG, July 9 (Xinhua) -- China successfully sent a commercial telecommunication satellite, known as APSTAR-6D, into a planned orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Thursday.
The APSTAR-6D telecommunication satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 8:11 p.m. (Beijing Time), according to the center.
The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
It was purchased by the APT Mobile SatCom Limited to provide satellite broadband telecommunication services for airborne, shipborne, vehicle-borne, and other mobile communication applications.
Thursday's launch was the 339th by the Long March rocket series. ■