31 March 2019
China sent a new data relay satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province late night on 31 March.
The Tianlian 2-01 satellite was launched at 23:51 h Beijing Time by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. As the first satellite to constitute China's second-generation data relay satellite network, the Tianlian 2-01 will provide data relay, measurement and control, transmission services for manned spacecraft, satellites, carrier rockets and other non-spacecraft users.
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