(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Beijing, Mar. 10 (Petra) -- China on Sunday launched a new communication satellite into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to Xinhua news agency.
"This is a milestone for China's space industry development," said Wu Yansheng, board chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) in a press release.
The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by CASC, is responsible for about 96.4 percent of all the launch missions in China.
China's heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-9, is expected to make its maiden flight around 2030 and will support manned lunar exploration, deep space exploration and construction of a space-based solar power plant.