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Belarusian communications satellite launched from China

A Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 1657 GMT (11:57 a.m. EST) with the Belintersat 1 communications satellite. Credit: Xinhua

A Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 1657 GMT (11:57 a.m. EST) with the Belintersat 1 communications satellite. Credit: Xinhua

A Chinese rocket carried the first communications satellite for Belarus into orbit Friday, recording a success in the first space launch this year.

The Belintersat 1 telecom craft lifted off at 1657 GMT (11:57 a.m. EST) aboard a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang space center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Owned by the government of Belarus, Belintersat 1’s C-band and Ku-band transponders will broadcast television and radio programming, support corporate networking, and provide broadband Internet connectivity.

The Belarusian government set up the Belintersat project to give the nation’s broadcasters access to international markets and sell the satellite’s excess capacity to commercial users, officials said.

Belintersat finalized the contract for construction of the satellite based on the China Academy of Space Technology’s DFH-4 spacecraft bus in 2012, according to the project’s website. Thales Alenia Space of France supplied Belintersat 1’s communications payload.

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