China has carried out its ninth orbital mission inside the ultimate 30 days, sending 16 new industrial satellites into orbit with a Long March 6 rocket.
The Long March 6 rocket lifted off from Taiyuan, north China, on Wednesday (Aug. 10) at 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 GMT, 12:50 p.m. native time), the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced (opens in new tab).
Aboard had been 10 Jilin 1 high-resolution optical imaging satellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology (CGST), a industrial satellite producer and operator primarily based in northeast China and a by-product from the state-owned Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The satellites are primarily based totally on the Jilin 1 Gaofen 03D satellite platform, designed to ship 29.5-inch (75-centimeter) determination imagery from spherical 322 miles (535 kilometers) above the Earth.
The completely different six satellites had been moreover developed by CGST, collectively with Yunyao Aerospace, a industrial meteorological satellite data company.
The Jilin 1 Hongwai 1 (“infrared 1”) A01-A06 satellites carry infrared imaging payloads. They are moreover outfitted with GNSS occultation units, which detect alerts from GPS, Beidou and completely different navigation and positioning satellites passing through the ambiance to provide data useful for local weather forecasting and monitoring atmospheric processes. SpaceNews (opens in new tab)experiences that Yunyao Aerospace plans a constellation of 80 satellites carrying their GNSS occultation and reflectometry payloads.
The launch bought right here a day after industrial rocket agency Galactic Energy launched its third Ceres 1 rocket from Jiuquan, northwest China.
China has moreover launched a model new space station module, a secretive spaceplane, a communications relay satellite, a gaggle of spy satellites, a pair of imaging satellites with 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) per pixel determination, a carbon monitoring satellite and a model new commercial solid rocket inside the ultimate 30 days.
CASC plans higher than 50 launches all through 2022, with industrial companies like Galactic Energy, CAS Space and Expace planning to extra add to Chinese launch train.