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China launches communications satellite
Posted: Sat, Feb 25, 2023, 9:07 AM ET (1407 GMT)
Long March 3B launch of ChinaSat-26 Feb 2023 (Xinhua) China launched a communications satellite Thursday after a hiatus of more than a month. The Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 6:49 a.m. Eastern from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center and placed the ChinaSat-26 spacecraft into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The satellite will mainly provide Ka-band broadband access in China and surrounding areas from 125 degrees east in GEO. The launch was the first by a Chinese rocket in 39 days after a break for the Chinese New Year. That was followed by a Long March 2C launch at 11:01 pm EST Thursday (0401 GMT Friday) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The rocket placed into orbit what Chinese media described only as a new remote sensing satellite.
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