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China launches satellite for Nigeria

(Xinhua)

08:30, December 20, 2011

China successfully sent a Nigerian communication satellite into orbit with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 00:41 Beijing Time Tuesday. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING - China successfully sent a Nigerian communication satellite into orbit with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 00:41 Beijing Time Tuesday.

The satellite, produced by China Academy of Space Technology, will provide communication, broadcast, Internet connection, remote education and navigation services to parts of Africa, Europe and Asia.

China will also provide monitoring and control services for the satellite and support its ground stations.

It was the third time China provided satellite launch service for foreign users this year, following the successful launch of two Pakistani communication satellites.

China plans to launch four to five satellites for foreign users in 2012.

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