On October 7, 2011 at 08:21 UTC the Chang Zheng-3B (Long March-III2) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited the W3C French-made telecom satellite.
The launch was carried out by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the China Institute of Rocket Carrier Technology, both under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, as well as the China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General (CLTC).
The W3C telecom satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space, a French satellite manufacturer, and is owned by Eutelsat, a leading provider of satellite communication services. The W3C has a designed lifespan of 15 years and will provide television, radio, broadband, video and Internet service.
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