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China launches first mobile telecom satellite

Updated: Aug 6,2016 9:25 AM     Xinhua

Photo taken on Aug 6, 2016 shows the Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.[Photo/Xinhua]

On Aug 6, China successfully launched the first satellite for mobile telecommunication.

Photo taken on Aug 6, 2016 shows the Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.[Photo/Xinhua]

The Tiantong-01 satellite was launched at 00:22 am Beijing Time, at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with the Long March-3B carrier rocket.

Photo taken on Aug 6, 2016 shows the Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.[Photo/Xinhua]

It is the first satellite of China’s home-made satellite mobile telecom system, and a key part of the country’s space information infrastructure.

Photo taken on Aug 6, 2016 shows the Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.[Photo/Xinhua]

More geostationary satellites will be sent into orbit for the system.

Tiantong-01 was designed by China Academy of Space Technology and its ground service will be operated by China Telecom. It will establish a mobile network with ground facilities, providing services for China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas.

Photo taken on Aug 6, 2016 shows the Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.[Photo/Xinhua]

The Long March-3B carrier rocket was produced by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. It was the 232nd flight of the Long March series carrier rockets, and the 36th launch of the Long March-3B.

Photo taken on Aug 6, 2016 shows the Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.[Photo/Xinhua]

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