The second Chinese orbital launch in less than three hours took place on Wednesday with a Long March-6 launch vehicle orbiting five remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Shanxi Province. Launch of the five Ningxia-1 satellites took place at 06:35 UTC from the LC16 Launch Complex.
The new satellites – also designated Zhongzi, were developed by the DFH Satellite Co., Ltd. and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) – are part of a commercial satellite project financed by the Ningxia Jingui Information Technology Co., Ltd. and will be mainly used for remote sensing detection.
This mission was the first low-inclination orbital launch for the Long March-6 launch vehicles, in response to the mission needs. The rocket was submitted to a series of technical upgrades, including take-off roll, horizontal guidance, new composite material double-walled mount barrel and others.
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The CZ-6 Chang Zheng-6 is a liquid-propellant, small-load space launch vehicle developed by SAST.
The launch vehicle is based on the 3.35m-diameter boosters, which have been developed as a strap-on booster for the CZ-5 family of SLV.
The core stage consists of a single 120t-thrust YF-100 engine ...