JIUQUAN — China launched a tech-experimental satellite as part of the Hongyun Project, a low-orbit broadband communication satellite system on the morning of Dec 22.
A Long March-11 rocket carrying the experimental satellite blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China at 7:51 am. It successfully entered its preset orbit.
It was also the first satellite of the Hongyun Project. The successful launch signifies the substantial progress of China in mapping the low-orbit broadband communication satellite system, said developer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).