China successfully launched new communications satellite ChinaSat 6C into orbit. It was launched onboard of Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
ChinaSat 6C Satellite
- It has been developed by China Academy of Space Technology. It will be operated by the China Satellite Communications Co, Ltd.
- It will be placed in geostationary orbit. It will provide high-quality radio and TV transmission services.
- It will cover region over China, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific island countries.
Significance of Launch
- It marks 300th mission of Long March carrier rocket series developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
- China had launched its first carrier rocket Long March-1 in April 1970 to send its first satellite, Dongfanghong 1 into space.
- Since then, China has built 17 types of Long March rockets with five of them being retired, according to reports.
- Long March carrier rocket series has been responsible for about 96.4% of all the space launch missions in China.
- It took 37 years for Long March rockets to complete first 100 launches, 7.5 years to complete second 100 launches and only about 4 years to accomplish 300th launch.
- Its average number of launches per year have increased from 2.7 to 13.3 and then to 23.5 in this period.