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China launches new space satellites

2009-12-16 07:58 BJT

China has sent two satellites into space. They were launched from the Tai-yuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province. They are the remote-sensing satellite "Yaogan VIII" and science researching mini-satellite, "Hope One." The two were put into orbit by a Long March 4C carrier rocket.

The 4C carrier is the largest of the Long March Rocket Family. At a height of nearly 50 meters, it also has the largest carrying capacity. That's why it was given the mission of carrying a second passenger.

Wong Weiliang, CZ4C Chief Commander, said, "After the main satellite separates with the rocket the rocket will adjust its pose for 40 seconds, then release the second satellite. Only when both reach their destinations safely, is the rocket's mission completed."

China has sent two satellites into space. They were launched from the Tai-yuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province. They are the remote-sensing satellite "Yaogan VIII" and science researching mini-satellite, "Hope One." 
China has sent two satellites into space. They were launched from the 
Tai-yuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province. They are the 
remote-sensing satellite "Yaogan VIII" and science researching 
mini-satellite, "Hope One."