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​Long March-6 rocket places 3 satellites into orbit
By:Pan Chenxiao  |  From:english.eastday.com  |  2017-11-24 13:18

[Photo/Shanghai Observer]

  Long March-6 (Chang Zheng-6) Y2 was launched and successfully placed the Jilin-1 trio into orbit at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at noon on November 21. China Long March 6 Y2 was generally developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology.

  The Jilin-1 constellation, as China’s first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use, consists of several satellites which will provide data to commercial clients.

  It is the second launch of Long March-6 and the 255th launch of Long March rocket (Changzheng rocket), and meanwhile, the first commercial launch of China’s new-generation liquid-propellant, small-load space launch vehicle.

  Back in 2015, the first Long March 6 rocket succeeded in placing 20 satellites into orbit, marking a new era of the application of launch vehicle.

  "As a new-generation launch vehicle, the primary consideration in the R&D process is surely the breakthrough in key technologies which transforms into profit and development after the launch. We have visited all the potential commercial aerospace customers to promote Long March-6,” Zhang Weidong, commander and designer-in-chief of Long March-6 said.