China's space programme received a setback
with the explosion of a Loug
March 313 rocket carrying a
us satellite, Intelsat 708.
China suspended all satellite
launches' after the blast,
which killed four people.
The suspension is likely to
delay the launch of two satellites, Dongfang 3 for China
and the Apstar IA for a
According to the launch operator of Apstar IA, Great Wall Industry Corp, the satellite was scheduled to be launched this month. Dong- fang 3 and China Sat, slated for launch in July, are crucial to China's infrastructure. Serious delays in their launch could stall the modernisation of the country's broadcast and telecommunications sector. Great Wall has eight or nine launches scheduled for this year and long delays could send reverberations across the global telecommunications market.
Meanwhile, close on the, heels of the rocket blast, a Chinese satellite, FSW1 which has gone out of control, is expected to crash on earth or iii sea anytime this month.
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