China launches first telecommunications satellite for mobile
China has launched its first satellite for mobile telecommunications.
China's successful launch of another Tiantong-01 rocket carrying a mobile satellite will establish a mobile network serving China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas, the Xinhua news agency said.
The ground service will be operated by China Telecom. The Tiantong-01 satellite was launched at 00:22 am Beijing Time, at Southwestern China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, powered by the Long March-3B carrier rocket.
It is the first satellite of China's home-made satellite mobile telecom system and a key part of the country's space information infrastructure. It will establish a mobile network with ground facilities.
More geostationary satellites will be sent into orbit for the system soon.
The Long March-3B carrier rocket was manufactured by The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. It was the 232nd flight of the Long March series carrier