China launches media satellite

China launched
a rocket early Sunday carrying a satellite meant to provide live radio and
television broadcasts for the next 15 years, officials said.

The
“SinoSat-6” satellite was boosted into space at 12:14 a.m. local time
aboard a Long March 3B rocket, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The
launch took place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern
China’s Sichuan province.

The satellite
will be moved into its geostationary orbit in the coming days, and then begin
relaying TV and radio programming.

The new
satellite is expected to provide greatly improve service for Chinese living in
remote and mountainous areas, China Satellite Communications Corp., which will
operate the satellite, said.

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