China plans to launch two satellites for 2008 Olympics

China will launch two satellites dedicated to radio and TV relay services for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in June and October this year, the China Satellite Communications Corporation (CSCC), quoted by a Xinhua news report, said.

The Xinhua news report said the manufacturing of the two satellites is underway under strict quality control to ensure the timely and smooth launch of them, said Guo Hao, deputy general manager of CSCC.

CSCC has been contracted to provide broadcasting and TV signal transfer and traffic monitoring and navigation services for the 2008 Olympic Games, the report said.

China launched an Olympic weather forecasting satellite, the Fengyun-2D, last December.

China Meteorological Administration announced early this month the Fengyun-2D satellite had successfully connected with the ground control and was operating normally, the report said.

Aside from monitoring weather changes in China, the FY-2D will also monitor weather changes in neighboring countries, the report further said.

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