China on Monday successfully launched a communications satellite into space. The missile of type “Long March 3B” successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan province, as the Xinhua News Agency reported. The satellite “Zhongxing 1A” (中星1A) had been brought into its planned orbit. It is to serve the voice, television and data transmission.
It was the first launch of rocket from the “Long March” family after the type “Long March” 2C was crashed with a satellite on 18 August. The control system of the small thrusters had been identified as the cause. Because of this first failure of the “Long March” rocket for 15 years, the planned launch of a space module for the development of an own space station, was been moved temporarily.
According to unconfirmed information, the official launch of the module with the first remote-controlled docking has been planned for later this month. The eight-ton spacecraft is to be associated with a “Long March” 2F rocket into space. It is already waiting at the Jiuquan space center in Gansu Province for its launch.