China launches first mi­cro­grav­ity satel­lite

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China suc­cess­fully launched its first mi­cro­grav­ity satel­lite, the SJ-10, at the Ji­uquan Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in Gansu prov­ince on Wed­nes­day at 1:38 am.

De­signed in the shape of a bul­let, the SJ-10 car­ries 19 ex­per­i­men­tal loads for 28 sci­en­tific re­search projects in mi­cro­grav­ity, a very low grav­ity that mim­ics weight­less­ness, in­clud­ing re­search into fluid physics, fire safety on manned space flights, coal com­bus­tion and ma­te­ri­als pro­cess­ing.

Mi­cro­grav­ity ex­per­i­ments have pre­vi­ously been car­ried out on space fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing space sta­tions, space shut­tles and re­search rock­ets.

The SJ-10 will stay in the or­bit for a few days and an or­bital mod­ule will stay in or­bit another few days for ad­di­tional ex­per­i­ments.

“The re­cov­er­able satel­lite is a use­ful and ef­fi­cient tool for mi­cro­grav­ity ex­per­i­ments, com­pared to space sta­tions and re­search rock­ets,” said Hu Wen­rui, chief sci­en­tist of SJ-10.

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