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China launches experimental satellite for broadband communication

Updated: Dec 22,2018 9:38 AM     Xinhua

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).