China launches data-relay satellite to support Tiangong

China has sent a new data relay satellite on its way to geostationary orbit to support the nation’s crewed space station project. 

The Tianlian 2 (03) spacecraft launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China on Tuesday (July 12) at 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT; 12:30 a.m. local time on July 13), according (opens in new tab) to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).