On October 7, China used the “Long March-III2 rocket carrier” to send the W3C telecom satellite into orbit in space. This is the first time that China has provided launch services for Eutelsat, a European satellite company, which owns the W3C telecom satellite. The W3C was built by Thales Alenia Space, a French satellite manufacturer. The satellite has a 15 year lifespan and will provide TV, radio, broadband, video, data transmission, and Internet service. This launch mission was based on the satellite launch contract signed between China and France in 2008. China Great Wall Industry Co., the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, and China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General collaborated in carrying it out. This is also the 148th time that the “Long March” rocket carrier series has conducted a space launch.
Source: Xinhua, October 7, 2011