The "SinoSat-6" satellite was boosted into space at 12:14 a.m. local time aboard a Long March 3B rocket, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The launch took place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China's Sichuan province.
The satellite will be moved into its geostationary orbit in the coming days, and then begin relaying TV and radio programming.
The new satellite is expected to provide greatly improve service for Chinese living in remote and mountainous areas, China Satellite Communications Corp., which will operate the satellite, said.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]