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Thursday, September 14, 2006

China Launches Telecom Satellite

Indian Government News
September 14th, 2006, 12:15

China has launched the telecommunications satellite Zhongxing-22A to further boost the nation's communications facilities ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in southwest Chinese province of Sichuan.

The Xi'an Satellite Monitoring and Controlling Centre reported that Zhongxing-22A successfully entered onto the preset orbit, at a perigee of 207 kilometres and an apogee of 42,000 kilometres.

Zhongxing-22A, an earth-synchronous telecommunications satellite is designed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology which is scheduled to operate for eight years under the China Aerospace Technology Group Company.

It has been the 10th successful launch in succession of the Long March-3A and the 91st launch of the Long March rocket carriers.

Since October, 1996, the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre has succeeded in 18 successive launches and it is also the country's 49th successful space launch in the running.

According to some experts, once the satellite shifts its track, it will be fixed above the Equator at 98 degrees east longitude. Later, it will be handed over to the owner.
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