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hina launches two satellites for Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today successfully launched two satellites for Pakistan, marking the first international commercial launch for the Long March-2C rocket in about 19 years.

The satellites -- PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A --- were launched from the Jiuquan Launch Center in northwest at 11:56 a.m. Monday.

The PRSS-1 is China's first optical sold to and the 17th developed by the Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an

A scientific experiment satellite, PakTES-1A, developed by Pakistan, was sent into orbit via the same rocket.

This is another space cooperation between China and since the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011, the state-run agency reported.

The PRSS-1 will be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction and providing information for the Belt and Road region.

Today's launch is the 279th mission of the rocket series.

It is also the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket in nearly two decades after it carried Motorola's satellites into orbit in 1999.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 12:45 IST