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China Launches ‘ChinaSat 2C’ for Military, General Use

After the unsuccessful Sinosat-2 launch failure in July 2013, China successfully launched its new communication satellite called ‘Chinasat-2C’ on Wednesday via the Long March-3B carrier rocket. Western observers believe that the satellite was mainly for military communications as the payload remained secretive.

The Chinasat-2C will be used for radio, television and broadband services. It will be used for radio, television and broadband services. The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and is owned by China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd.

The Chinasat-2C launch is the 216th mission of the Long March carrier developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Earlier known as Sinosat, it was merged in January 2008 with the China Satellite Communications Corporation to form the China Direct Broadcast Satellite Company. Their two satellites were, Sinosat-1 and Sinosat-3 and the third satellite, Sinosat-2, failed shortly after launch.

The new satellite "Chinasat-2C" was put into orbit from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center and the launch lifted off at 12:25 a.m. and the satellite details remained secret, prompting Western observers to deem it to be a military communications satellite.

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