Long March launches set of small satellites
Posted: Fri, Nov 23 8:05 AM ET (1405 GMT)
A Chinese rocket launched several small satellites Monday evening. The Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 6:40 pm EST (2340 GMT) and placed the Shiyan Weixing-6 satellite into orbit. The satellite will be used for "space environment detection and related technical tests," according to Chinese reports. The rocket carried several smallsat secondary payloads, including one satellite, Jiading-1, that is China's first privately developed low Earth orbit communications satellite and will be part of a constellation called Xiangyun.
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China launches Beidou satellites
Posted: Fri, Nov 23 8:03 AM ET (1403 GMT)
China launched another pair of Beidou satellites Sunday. A Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:07 p.m. Eastern Sunday and placed two satellites into medium Earth orbits. Chinese media said that these satellites complete the "basic" constellation of Beidou navigation satellites, allowing service for partner countries in its "Belt and Road" initiative to begin by the end of the year and bringing the system one step closer to full global service.
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