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China Launches Long March 6A Rocket, Deploys Multirole Satellite into Orbit

Beijing, March 27, 2024, The Europe Today: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp announced on Wednesday morning the successful launch of a Long March 6A carrier rocket, tasked with delivering a multirole satellite into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province.

The rocket, lifting off at precisely 6:51 am, embarked on its mission to transport the Yunhai 3B satellite into its designated orbit, as detailed in a news release by the state-owned space contractor.

Designed to serve a multitude of functions, the Yunhai 3B satellite is equipped for surveying atmospheric, marine, and space environments. Its primary objectives include providing essential data to support disaster prevention and mitigation efforts, as well as facilitating scientific experiments.

Both the satellite and the carrier rocket were developed and constructed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

China’s deployment of the Yunhai-series multifunctional satellites has seen significant progress through numerous successful launches, further enhancing the nation’s capabilities in space exploration and satellite technology.

The Long March 6A rocket, a medium-lift vehicle, comprises a 50-meter liquid-propelled core booster along with four solid-fuel side boosters. Propelled by two 120-ton-thrust engines burning liquid oxygen and kerosene, the core booster boasts a diameter of 3.35 meters.

With a liftoff weight of 530 metric tons, the Long March 6A is engineered to fulfill various orbital transportation tasks, including missions to sun-synchronous, low-Earth, and intermediate circular orbits.

The recent launch marks China’s 14th space mission of the year and represents the 514th flight of the Long March rocket family, which serves as the nation’s primary fleet for space launches. Notably, China has slated approximately 100 rocket launches for the year 2024, underscoring its ambitious agenda in space exploration and technology advancement.