A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the "ChinaSat 26" satellite blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Feb. 23, 2023. (Photo by Liu Guanghui/Xinhua)
XICHANG, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday sent a new communications satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The "ChinaSat 26" satellite was launched at 7:49 p.m. (Beijing Time) by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
The satellite will mainly provide high-speed broadband access services for fixed terminals as well as vehicle-mounted, shipborne and airborne terminals.
It is an example of China's major space infrastructure. It is a new-generation, high-throughput satellite that is developed to meet the demand for satellite internet and communication transmissions.
It is also China's first high-throughput satellite with a communications capacity of more than 100 gigabits per second (Gbps).
It will work together with the in-orbit, high-throughput satellites ChinaSat 16 and ChinaSat 19 to provide high-speed private network communications and satellite internet services.
They will jointly provide a new means of safe and reliable information transmission with broader coverage in remote areas, narrowing the digital gap between urban and rural areas.
Moreover, they will effectively meet the great demand for broadband communications in the air travel sector and for long voyages, generating new business models for satellite internet services.
The launch marks the 463rd mission of the Long March carrier rocket series. ■