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Long March 3B launches Chinasat-2C satellite

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Nov. 7, 2015

Image above: A Long March 3B carrier rocket carrying the ChinaSat-2C satellite liftoff from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Nov. 3, 2015. Image Credits: Xinhua/Zhao.

China launched a new communications satellite on Tuesday November 3, 2015 – one that may sport military applications. The Zhongxing-2C spacecraft – otherwise known as Chinasat-2C – was launched at 16:25 UTC, lifting off via a Long March 3B/G2 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Chinasat-2C satellite. Image Credit: Günter Space Page

Zhongxing-2C – the name cited by Chinese media – is possibly the second satellite of the second generation Shentong geostationary military communication satellites.

China uses two types of satellites for secure military communications: the Fenghuo and the Shentong.

China Launches New Communication Satellite. Video Credit: CCTV+

The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre is situated in the Sichuan Province, south-western China and is the country’s launch site for geosynchronous orbital launches.

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