China successfully launches telecommunication technology test satellite

Posted on:07 Jan 2017 18:18:27
China successfully launches telecommunication technology test satellite
07 January 2017 Current Affairs: China has successfully launched a telecommunication technology test satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan Province. 

The satellite was launched late last night by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China plans to conduct a "record" number of 30 space launch missions this year as part of its efforts to expand its ambitious space programme. 

The record-breaking number space launches will be launched byLong March-5 and Long March-7 rockets,China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said earlier. 

Long March-5 is China's largest carrier rocket. 

The successful test launch of the vehicle in November in South China's Hainan Province will pave the way for space station construction, state-run China News Service had said. 

China recently released an official white paper on space stating that it will launch a lunar probe in 2018 to achieve world's first soft landing on the far side of the moon and a mission to Mars in 2018.

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