China Grows: China Launches 4 Satellites on 2 Rockets Within Hours of Each Other and Type 003 Carrier Update

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A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launches three communications satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Image credit: CNSA See Video and Read more Herereturn to The Florida Pilot

China launched four new communications satellites this week in two launches from different launch sites, within hours of each other, as the country’s intense launch activity continues.

First up, a Long March 2C lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, northwest China, at 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT, 7:15 p.m. local time) on Aug. 24.

The rocket used a Yuanzheng 1S upper stage to deliver three payloads into near-polar orbits with average altitudes of around 680 miles (1,100 kilometers) above Earth, according to U.S. space tracking. Read more

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The launch of the Long March 3B carrying the TSJW 7 satellite on Aug. 24, 2021. Image: CASC Read more


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