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China launches 1st high-throughput communications satellite

(Xinhua)    21:00, April 12, 2017

XICHANG, April 12  -- Shijian-13, China's first high-throughput communications satellite, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 7:04 p.m. Wednesday.

The satellite, with a transfer capacity of 20 Gbps and a designed orbital life of 15 years, was sent into orbit on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.

The satellite is capable of providing better Internet access on planes and high-speed trains, as well as in less-developed regions.

"The launch is a huge milestone for China's communications satellite technology," said Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

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