Beijing, September 15
China efficiently launched on Tuesday a solid-propellant service rocket from a ship within the Yellow Sea, sending 9 satellites into orbit within the second such sea-based launch mission, the official media reported.
The Long March 11-HY2, the 10th member of the Long March 11 household blasted off at 9:22 am from the Debo 3, a self-propelled deck barge that was modified for the mission, China Daily reported.
The 9 satellites belong to the Jilin-1 Gaofen 03-1 group.
About 13 minutes later, after travelling 535 km, it has deployed 9 Jilin 1 high-resolution Earth-observation satellites, three to take movies and 6 to take pictures in sun-synchronous orbits, the report mentioned.
Each of the satellites, developed by Changguang Satellite Technology in Changchun, Jilin province, weighs about 42 kgs.
They will present remote-sensing companies to customers in fields akin to agriculture, forestry, land assets and environmental safety, the report mentioned. PTI