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Communication satellite launch successful

world Updated: Jun 21, 2011 09:52 IST

China successfully launched a new communication satellite on early Tuesday, officials said.

The Zhongxing-10 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province at 0.13am, Xinhua reported.

It was carried by the Long March-3B carrier rocket.

The control centre said that the satellite successfully separated from the carrier rocket and entered Earth's orbit as scheduled, 26 minutes after the launch.

The Zhongxing-10 was designed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology.

It will provide communication, broadcasting and data transmission services for users in China and the Asia-Pacific region.