China conducted its second orbital launch of 2019 using a Long March 11 rocket – this time carrying three satellites into orbit. The launch took place from a mobile launch platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 05:45 UTC on Monday.
Onboard the LM-11 (Y6) rocket were two Jilin commercial remote sensing satellites for hyperspectral observation. The two satellites arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center later on January 3 ahead of Monday’s launch.
The Jilin-1 constellation was developed in China’s Jilin Province and is the country’s first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use. It consists of several satellites that will provide data to commercial clients to help them forecast and mitigate geological disasters, as well as shorten the timescale for the exploration of natural resources.
Jilin, one of the country’s oldest industrial bases, is developing its satellite industry in a new economic drive. The province plans to launch 60 satellites by 2020 and 138 by 2030.
The first phase of the constellation saw the launch of the first three Jilin-1 satellites (that are also known as Lingqiao-1). Jilin 1-01 and Jilin 1-02 were launched on October 7, 2015, by a Long March-2D launch vehicle out of the ...