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China Launches Broadcast Satellite on 300th Long March Mission

By | March 12, 2019
The ChinaSat 6C satellite launching on a Long March-3B carrier rocket. Photo: Xinhua/Guo Wenbin

The ChinaSat 6C satellite launching on a Long March-3B carrier rocket. Photo: Xinhua/Guo Wenbin

China successfully launched the ChinaSat 6C broadcast satellite on a Long March-3B carrier rocket on Sunday, from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China. According to the release, the satellite will provide high-quality radio and TV transmission services.

Additionally, China’s Long March carrier rocket series completed 300 launches, having sent more than 500 spacecraft into space since 1970. The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is responsible for about 96.4 percent of all the launch missions in China. “This is a milestone for China’s space industry development,” said CASC Board Chairman Wu Yansheng.

“Intensive launches have become normal in China, indicating the rapid development of the space industry, the progress of science and technology and the enhancement of national strength,” said CASC Director of the Space Department Shang Zhi.