The communications satellite Chinasat 11 (aka Zhongxing 11) has been launched from the Xichang launch site in China by a Long March 3B/E (CZ-B/E) launch vehicle at 1606GMT on 1 March. The satellite which weighed in at circa 5,400kg is designed to operate from Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) for 15 years. The satellite uses the DFH 4 bus design built by the Dongfanghong Satellite Company which is an offshoot of the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST).
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