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China Daily / 2020-09 / 16 / Page001

Long March rocket sends 9 satellites into orbit from sea

By Zhao Lei on Board Zhonghua Fuxing in Yellow Sea | China Daily | Updated: 2020-09-16 00:00

China launched nine satellites on Tuesday with a Long March 11 solid-propellant carrier rocket that blasted off from a ship in the Yellow Sea, achieving the country's first commercial launch at sea.

The Long March 11-HY2-the 10th in the Long March 11 family-roared to life at 9:23 am from the Debo 3, a self-propelled deck barge that was modified for the mission, and soon thrust into the sky.

After flying about 13 minutes, the rocket deployed nine Jilin 1 high-resolution Earth-observation satellites-three to take video footage and six to take photos-into a sun-synchronous orbit 535 kilometers above the ground.

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