China launched its first satellite for mobile telecommunications on August 6 last week. The Tiantong-01 satellite is launched with the Long March-3B carrier rocket at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, reports Xinhua.
First satellite of China’s home-made satellite mobile telecom system, Tiantong-01 is a key part of the country’s space information infrastructure. It was launched at 00:22 a.m. Beijing Time, at southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with the Long March-3B carrier rocket. The country plans to send more geostationary satellites into orbit for the system.
Tiantong-01 was designed by China Academy of Space Technology and its ground service will be operated by China Telecom. It will establish a mobile network with ground facilities, providing services for China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas, says the Xinhua report.
The Long March-3B carrier rocket was produced by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. It was the 232nd flight of the Long March series carrier rockets, and the 36th launch of the Long March-3B.