China launches Zhongxing-2D satellite
Updated 07:49, 14-Jan-2019
China has successfully sent this year's first satellite into space, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The Zhongxing-2D satellite was sent into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 1:11 a.m. Friday, and has entered the preset orbit.
This was the first launch for China and also the first for the launch center in 2019.
The CASC-developed communication and broadcasting satellite will provide transmission service for the country's radio, television stations and cable television networks.
This was the 298th mission of the Long March rocket series.
(With input from Xinhua News Agency)