China, Pakistan to launch small satellite next year

China, Pakistan to launch small satellite next year

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A multi-purpose small satellite, developed by China, Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Mongolia, South Korea and Iran will be launched in 2006. It will be used to carry out scientific experiments and environmental observations for countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The State media said that China would also send a communication satellite owned by a Hong Kong company into space during the first half of this year.

China National Space Administration said that the European-made satellite is expected to orbit for 13 years and will be responsible for transmitting radio and television signals for China, East Asia, Australia and Hawaii.