POST Online Media Lite Edition



 

China's new rocket carries 20 micro satellites

Staff writer |
China has launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its Long March family which will be used primarily for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme.

Article continues below






The Long March-6, a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in northern Shanxi province carrying 20 "micro" satellites, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The rocket climbed into bluish-grey skies, footage aired by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) showed.

One Chinese official suggested that the smaller rocket will make China more competitive in the lucrative market for commercial satellite launches.

"We believe it will greatly boost the competitiveness of Chinese carrier rockets in the international market," said Mr Zhang Weidong, chief designer at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology.

"The new model will also significantly improve our ability to access space," he told Xinhua.

China launches its own satellites as it continues to build a navigation system, but also carries out launches for other countries and commercial companies.


What to read next

Chinese lunar mission moves a step closer
China develops non-toxic propellant for orbiting satellites
India to put five UK satellites to orbit