On September 15, 2020, China Successfully launched a solid-propellant carrier rocket from a ship in the Yellow Sea, China. It sent 9 satellites into the planned Orbit, and is the Second such Sea-based Launch Mission.
i.The 9 satellites belonged to the Jilin-1 Gaofen 03-1 group, and were launched using Long March 11-HY2(China’s first sea-launched rocket), the 10th member of the Long March 11 family. It was the 346th Launch using the Long March Rocket Series.
ii.The Satellites have been developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Company Ltd.
iii.Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center conducted the Mission.
i.The nine satellites will provide remote sensing data for China’s land resource survey, urban planning and disaster monitoring services.
ii.Three Satellites will be used for video imaging, for China’s Popular video sharing platform, Bilibili and China’s State Broadcaster CCTV.
iii.The other Six satellites to be used for push-broom imaging satellites (obtains images with Spectroscopic sensors).
iv.The Bilibili satellite has features of low development cost, low power consumption, lightweight and high resolution. It has been designed to shoot videos and pictures for Popular Science.
v.The satellite can obtain color videos and images with a resolution higher than 0.98 meters.
i.Long-March 11 is the sole rocket among China’s Long March Rocket series that uses Solid Propellants.
ii.It is developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
iii.It is used to carry small satellites and can take multiple satellites into orbit at the same time.
China’s Optical remote-sensing Satellite fails to reach Orbit
i.China’s optical remote-sensing satellite Jilin-1 Gaofen 02C failed to enter the pre-set orbit on 12th September, 2020, the official media reported in Beijing. ii.The satellite was launched aboard the Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The mission failed due to abnormal performance
Recent Related News:
i.On July 9, 2020 China launched its new commercial telecommunication satellite “APSTAR-6D” by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
ii.On 12th May 2020, China launches two satellites Xingyun-2 01 and 02 into the orbit by Kuaizhou-1A(KZ-1A) carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest China, to test the space-based Internet of Things(IoT) communication technology.
President – Xi Jinping
Capital – Beijing
Currency – Renminbi