China now has four satellite launch centers, with the center in Wenchang, Hainan Province coming after the establishment of centers in Inner Mongolia’s Jiuquan, Sichuan Province’s Xichang and Taiyuan in Shanxi Province. Satellite launch centers are usually built at low latitudes and as close as possible to the equator, in order to gain maximum initial speed from the rotation of the Earth. Based on China’s southernmost island province of Hainan, the Wenchang center is therefore ideal for satellite launches into space.
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