Satellite sent to study space environment


TAIYUAN: China on Friday launched a new satellite to study space environment, CGTN reported.
The satellite, the third of the Shiyan-6 series, was launched by a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 7:01 a.m. (Beijing Time) on April 9.
The experiment satellite was sent into planned orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s northern Shanxi province, according to broadcaster CGTN.
China had launched first two Shiyan-6 satellites using Long March-2D rocket in November 2018 and July 2020 with similar objectives.
The satellite is expected to carry out space environment survey and hold experiments on related technologies. It was the 365th launch by the Long March rocket series. The Long March-4B rocket is capable of launching various types of satellites to different orbits, and can launch multiple satellites in a single flight.
Last month, China had successfully launched a Gaofen-12 02 satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite will be used for field monitoring including land resources survey as well as disaster prevention and reduction.
In mid of March, Carried by a Long March-4C rocket, the fourth group of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites was successfully sent into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 10:19 a.m. on Saturday.
–The Daily Mail-CGTN
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