China launches marine satellite
China sent a new marine satellite into orbit on Nov 1. A Long March 4B rocket carrying the HY 2B satellite took off at 6:57 am from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province. The HY 2B is designed for ocean observations and will form a network with the subsequent HY 2C and HY 2D for maritime environmental monitoring. The Nov 1 launch was the 288th in the Long March rocket series.