|China Preparing Commercial Long March 3B Satellite Launch
Aviation Week & Space Technology
04/14/2008 , page 23
Edited by Frank Morring, Jr.
Printed headline: Meanwhile, in China
China is nearing launch of a Long March 3B carrying a communications satellite designed and built by China for Venezuela and Uruguay under a $241-million contract. The mission is set for liftoff from the Xichang Space Center between September and November. The satellite will be designated Venesat 1, since 90% of the funding was provided by Venezuela. It is to have a 15-year service life in geosynchronous orbit.