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Dec. 10, 2017
Long March-3B carrying Alcomsat-1 launch
China successfully launched a communications satellite into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday, as part of a contract for design, construction and launch of the satellite for Algeria. Liftoff took place at 16:40 GMT (11:40 a.m. EST).
China Launches Communications Satellite for Algeria
Alcomsat-1, Algeria first communications satellite, was launched 40 minutes after midnight by a Chinese Long March-3B carrier rocket, making it the 258th flight mission for the Long March rocket series.
The satellite, built for a 15-year service life, was the first cooperative project in aerospace industry between the two countries.
It will be used by Algeria for television broadcast, emergency communication, distance education, e-governance, enterprise communication services, broadband Internet and satellite-based navigation.
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