BEIJING (AP) _ China plans to launch three more satellites this year, including a telecommunications satellite in about 10 days, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.

The telecom satellite will be launched using a domestically produced Long March 3B rocket, Xinhua quoted Wang Liheng, vice president of China Aerospace Corporation, as saying.

The two others are Iridium satellites, Wang said. China launched two simulated Iridium satellites for the U.S. firm Motorola in September, using an upgraded version of its Long March 2-III rocket.

A series of disasters in 1995 and 1996, including an explosion that killed at least six people, set back China's decade-old commercial launching business.

This year China has successfully launched domestically produced telecom and meteorological satellites.