New car­rier rocket sets China record

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China staged the maiden flight of its latest Long March-6 rocket, tak­ing 20 satel­lites into space, a record for the most launched by a sin­gle Chi­nese rocket.

The launch on Sun­day, which took place at the Taiyuan Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in Shanxi province, also marked the first use of a new-gen­er­a­tion, ecofriendly en­gine. As a “high­speed re­sponse” launch ve­hi­cle, the Long March-6 is the coun­try’s first new rocket in more than 20 years.

Most of the satel­lites are minia­ture, with the small­est weigh­ing less than 100 grams. Their main mis­sions are to demon­strate China’s ad­vanced space tech­nolo­gies through var­i­ous tests..

The world record for the most satel­lites sent into space in a sin­gle launch is held by Rus­sia’s Dnepr rocket — a con­verted Soviet-era SS-18 Satan in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile. It car­ried 37 satel­lites on a mis­sion in June last year.

The United States’ multi-satel­lite launch record was set in Jan­uary last year when Or­bital Sciences Corp, which is now part of Or­bital ATK Inc, sent 33 minia­ture satel­lites and a cargo space­craft into or­bit.

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