China launches 9 satellites into space as a part of its second ocean-based mission

The mission successfully sent nine satellites into orbit. China has used their new seaport facilities at Haiyang in Eastern China for the first time. The mission is China’s second ocean-based mission.

China launches 9 satellites into space as a part of its second ocean-based mission
China launches 9 satellites into space as a part of its second ocean-based mission

China launches 9 satellites into space as a part of its second ocean-based mission

China launched a Long March 11 rocket from an ocean platform in the Yellow Sea on Tuesday September 15. The mission successfully sent nine satellites into orbit. China has used their new seaport facilities at Haiyang in Eastern China for the first time. The mission is China’s second ocean-based mission.

Through this mission, nine Jilin-1 Gaofen-03 (High Resolution-03) Earth observation satellites were successfully placed into approximately 332-mile (535 kilometers) orbits and will deliver data which can be utilized for land resource survey, urban planning, disaster monitoring and other uses.

Six of the satellites are push-broom imaging satellites, i.e. they will be able to return images showing features as small as 3 feet, while the other three are video imaging satellites. Space.com quoted Li Zongli, director of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, as saying that this sea launch marks an important step, they took in building a sea-based launch system.

The building of sea launch platforms will expand China’s spacecraft launch domain, improve the launch efficiency, and make their spacecraft launch even more flexible and safer in the future. Gao Zhongqian, deputy mayor of Haiyang, said that once completed, it will be able to produce 20 solid propellant launch vehicles per year.

Their plan is that, by the end of next year, the entire starting area will be fully functional and eventually the site will be able to also produce liquid propellant rockets. China has carried out 27 launches in 2020 so far but has suffered four failures.