Fate of Chinese Communications Satellite Unknown

China launched the Zhongxing-9A (Chinasat-9A) communications satellite early Monday morning, but the fate of the spacecraft remains unclear.

Normally an official confirmation of launch success would be issued. However, no updates have been provided yet, a sign there might have been a problem with the launch.

The spacecraft was launched aboard a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 00:12 local time.

Zhongxing-9A is designed to provide direct-to-home television broadcast services to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

  • JamesG

    Darn rocket surgery….

  • OldCodger

    Oh well at least Taiwan will be saved from being bombarded with Mainland Chinese propaganda for a while longer 🙂