Long March rocket sends nine satellites into space


Up and away: The Long March-6 rocket blasting off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province. — Xinhua

TAIYUAN: China launched its Long March-6 rocket, sending nine commercial satellites into space.

The rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province at 11.20am local time yesterday.

This was the 366th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.

The satellites, including Qilu-1 and Qilu-4, have entered their planned orbits and will provide Shandong province with remote sensing services for land survey, urban construction, agriculture, forestry, energy, disaster prevention and reduction.

Other satellites onboard the rocket will be used to test technologies in satellite platform design, real-time imaging and observation, data acquisition and transmission, or to offer observations of small celestial bodies and remote sensing services. — Xinhua

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