China successfully launched a new remote-sensing satellite group from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 8:19 a.m. on Monday, July 19 (Beijing Time).
The satellites were sent into orbit by a Long March-2C carrier rocket. This is the 10th group belonging to the Yaogan-30 family and will survey the electromagnetic environment and verify relevant technologies by adopting multi-satellite network mode.
Also aboard was Tianqi-15, a satellite belonging to the Tianqi constellation, which will serve the Internet of Things (IoT) data collection.
The Long March-2C carrier rocket, developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, measures 43 meters in length and has a takeoff mass of 242 tons. The rocket is capable of sending two tons of payloads to SSO at an altitude of 500 km.
Monday’s launch was the 380th mission of the Long March rocket series that also marked the conclusion of the launch of the Yaogan-30 family. The Long March-2C has sent all 10 groups of Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit since September of 2017, with a 100 percent launch success rate.