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New Chinese SinoSat-6 Communication Satellite Launched

China today successfully launched its “SinoSat-6” satellite for live
radio and television broadcast from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center
in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The satellite was carried on the
Long March 3B rocket which took the SinoSat-6 into a geostationary
transfer orbit 26 minutes after the launch.

In the following days, Xi’an Satellite Control Center and Yuanwang
tracking ship will manipulate the satellite’s position and transfer it
to enter the geostationary orbit, official newsagency Xinhua reported.

SinoSat-6 has a designed lifespan of 15 years and will eventually work
at longitude 126.4 degrees east about 35,700 kilometres above the
equator, said the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
(CASTC), the satellite’s researcher and producer.

It will mainly serve for relaying TV and radio live broadcast signals
and will greatly improve cultural life for people living in remote and
mountainous regions, according to China Satellite Communications
Corporation which will operate the satellite, the report said.

China has launched the first SinoSat series satellite, SinoSat-1, in
1998. The SinoSat-2 was launched in 2006 but malfunctioned for it
failed to deploy its solar panels and communication antennae.

SinoSat-6 will serve as a substitute for SinoSat-3 which was launched
on June 1, 2007, according to the China Aerospace Science and
Technology Corporation.