China launches new commercial telecommunication satellite

source: Updated: 2020-07-10

A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the commercial telecommunication satellite APSTAR-6D blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province, July 9, 2020. China successfully sent the satellite into a planned orbit on July 9. [Photo/Xinhua]

XICHANG — China successfully sent a commercial telecommunication satellite, known as APSTAR-6D, into a planned orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center on July 9.

The APSTAR-6D telecommunication satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 8:11 pm (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.

The launch on July 9 was the 339th by the Long March rocket series. 

A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the commercial telecommunication satellite APSTAR-6D blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province, July 9, 2020. China successfully sent the satellite into a planned orbit on July 9. [Photo/Xinhua]