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December 9, 2015
Image above: (Illustration) a Long March 3B carrier rocket carrying the ChinaSat-2C satellite blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Nov. 3, 2015. Image Credit: Xinhua/Zhao.
China launched the second of a new generation of tactical communications satellites. Zhongxing-1C – or Chinasat-1C – was launched at 16:46 UTC on December 9, 2015 – from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. A Long March-3B/G2 rocket was used to loft the spacecraft uphill.
Zhongxing-1C is possibly the second satellite of the second generation Fenghuo geostationary tactical military communication satellites based on the DFH-4 satellite platform.
Chinasat 1C (ZX 1C) communications satellite
China uses two types of satellites for secure military communications: the Fenghuo and the Shentong. The Fenghuo series is used for tactical military communications, providing secured digital data and voice communication to Chinese military forces.
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