Long March-2 rocket car­ries three satel­lites into space

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China launched three re­mote sens­ing satel­lites Fri­day on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince.

The Yao­gan-30 01 satel­lites will con­duct elec­tro­mag­netic probes and other ex­per­i­ments. The satel­lites were de­vel­oped by the Mi­cro Satel­lite In­no­va­tion and Re­search In­sti­tute un­der the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Xu Qin, deputy chief de­signer of the Long March2C rocket, told China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion that Long March-2C rock­ets will play an im­por­tant role in com­mer­cial space mis­sions be­fore a new gen­er­a­tion of car­rier rock­ets re­place the ones that rely on con­ven­tional fu­els.

Xu said the next step would be to im­prove the Long March2C’s car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, in­crease the pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency and shorten the prepa­ra­tion time for launch.

“Our goal is to ful­fill our cus­tomer’s launch de­mand within 12 months from the time a re­quest is filed,” Xu said.

By 2020, Long March-2C will com­plete more than 30 launches and com­mer­cial mis­sions would ac­count for about 25 per­cent of them, Xu noted.

The launch is the 251st mis­sion of the Long March rocket fam­ily. In July, a Long March-5 rocket, car­ry­ing an ex­per­i­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite, failed shortly af­ter launch.

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