China launches its 1st MEO broadband communication satellite

A Long March-3B carrier rocket blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, May 9, 2024. /CMG

A Long March-3B carrier rocket blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, May 9, 2024. /CMG

China launched a Long March-3B carrier rocket on Thursday morning to deploy a new satellite into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province.

The satellite, named Smart SkyNet-1 01, is China’s first medium Earth orbit (MEO) communication satellite.

The mission marked the 521st flight of the Long March carrier rocket series.