China successfully launches new carrier rocket
Iran Press TV
Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:22AM
China has successfully launched a newly-developed carrier rocket, capable of taking satellites into the orbit, as part of the country's space program.
According to a report by the official Xinhua news agency, Long March-6 was launched on Sunday from a base in the northern province of Shanxi.
The 29.3-meter-long rocket carried 20 micro satellites into the space, which are due to be used for experiments in technology and new products, the report said, adding that the new carrier rocket uses a fuel composed of liquid oxygen and kerosene, which is purportedly free of toxicity and pollution.
Based on a 2011 policy paper, the Long March-6 rockets are expected to be capable of putting not less than one ton of payload into the orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers (434 miles).
Back in 2009, the Chinese media announced plans for the Long March-6 project with Beijing saying that the rocket would be first launched in 2013.
China produces a homegrown satellite navigation system and launches its own satellites. The country is reportedly planning to place a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon before the end of the decade in 2020.
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