China launches signal transmission satellite ‘Tienlian I-05’

The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Center in Sichuan province with a Long March 3C rocket, China Daily reported.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation reported that the satellite has landed at the planned location.

Tienlian (sky link) class satellites aim to provide signal transfer between other satellites and space shuttles, space stations and ground control centers.

Tienlian I-05 was the last of the first generation satellites designed for this purpose. The first of the satellites, consisting of a network of 5 satellites, was launched in April 2008. After the launch of the third satellite in July 2012, China became the second country, after the United States, with the capability of uninterrupted signal transmission in space.

“Tienlian II-01”, the first example of the second generation of Tienlian class satellites, was also launched in March 2019.