BEIJING, ($1=6.39 Chinese Yuans) – The Changzheng-4B [CZ-4B] launch vehicle on Saturday launched the Gaofen-11 03 optical remote sensing satellite into orbit, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the China Corporation of Aerospace Science and Technology [CASC] statement.
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The launch was carried out from the Taiyuan cosmodrome in the northern province of Shanxi at 09:51 Beijing time.
The high-resolution optical satellite “Gaofen-11 03” has been launched into a sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 500 km. This is the third such spacecraft in China, designed for the needs of agriculture, urban planning projects, road construction, and prevention of natural disasters.
US Astra rocket successfully entered orbit
The light launch vehicle Rocket 3.4, which launched from Alaska on Saturday, entered normal orbit with a test vehicle in the interests of the US Space Force, development company Astra Space said. “The rocket has successfully entered orbit,” the message says. The launch was carried out from the Pacific Space Complex on Kodiak Island (Alaska) at 01:16 US East Coast time.
As part of the STP-27AD2 mission, the payload was based on the US Space Force measuring instruments. During the launch, the capabilities of the rocket were tested to launch promising American military mini-satellites into orbit. There was no real withdrawal of the spacecraft. According to the test launch program, after the second stage reached an altitude of about 500 km, a signal was transmitted to the flight control center, confirming the ability to separate the promising satellite from the carrier.
This is the second launch into orbit by the Astra Space rocket of the US Space Force. It failed at the end of August. Due to the failure of one of the engines of the first stage and deviation from the trajectory at an altitude of 50 km, on commands from the Earth, her flight was terminated, and she collapsed into the ocean.
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