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20 micro satellites launched by Chinese Long March – 6

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China successfully placed 20 micro satellites into space using its latest carrier rocket from “Long March” family powered by pollution-free fuels, boosting the communist giant’s competitiveness in the global satellite launch sector.

The Long March-6 is a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in the northern province of Shanxi.

FEATURES OF LONG MARCH – 6

  • It is smaller type of rocket from its “Long March” family.
  • The Long March 6 is also called Chang Zheng 6 and is abbreviated LM-6 for export or CZ-6 within China.
  • Developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.
  • Rocket is 3 metres (97 feet) high which is shorter than others actively used in China’s space programme.
  • Ecofriendly – Long March-6 uses fuel composed of liquid oxygen and kerosene, which free of toxicity and pollution.
  • It is capable of placing at least 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of payload to 700Km.

China’s “Long March” is named after an epic journey by Communist forces under the eventual command of Mao Zedong escaping the then ruling Kuomintang in the 1930s.

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