A Long March 3B/E launch vehicle successfully launched Chinasat 2A at 1556 GMT from the Xichang launch site in China on 26 May 2011.   The communications satellite which is to be placed into Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) has a mass of 5,200kg.

According to a report on Chinadaily.com, there was some falling stage damage done to some houses and to a powerline.  Debris from the first stage of the vehicle damaged houses and a 10kV power line in the village of ShuanJiang in Suining County, Hunan Province, China. No casualties were reported.