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China launches data satellite

12 July 2011 Last updated at 10:47 BST

China has launched a data relay satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province.

Tianlian I-02 will be used to relay data to China's spacecraft and planned space stations, and will be used to help perform the nation's first space docking, scheduled for later this year.

The satellite was carried into space on board a Long March-3C carrier rocket, Chinese state media said.