China conducted its first orbital launch on Wednesday, with a Long March 11 rocket lifting off from a floating platform in the Yellow Sea off the eastern province of Shandong. The launch, carrying seven satellites into orbit, took place at 04:06:01 UTC.
This launch was named ‘LM-11 WEY’ after a strategic partnership between WEY, a premium SUV marque of Great Wall Motor China Space Foundation and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) that founded a joint technology innovation hub on April 24, 2019, which is going to help the SUV maker achieve breakthroughs in R&D and manufacturing areas.
Onboard the LM-11 rocket were the Bufeng-1A and Bufeng-1B developed by the Chinese Academy of Spaceflight Technology. The two satellites will test measurements of surface sea wind velocity fields via small satellites on formation flying.
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The Xiaoxiang-1-04 (or SpaceTY) is a 6U cubesat for Earth imaging. The small satellite captures 5 meter resolution images with a swath of 80 km.
Another satellite on board is the Tianqi-3 (or Tao Xingzhi) experimental LEO comsat. The satellite also carries a camera for educational purposes and is named after educator and reformer ...