Yet another milestone in space explorations is nearly to be achieved.
The long-range rocket March 4C sent a new split Yaogan satellite into orbit on Thursday, marking China’s sixth orbital launch in 2022.
Where and How Did the Launch Take Place?
Long March 4C departed from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at Gobi Desert at 3:09 a.m. Eastern (15:09 local time). China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has confirmed the success of the launch within an hour, and also revealed the equipment burden.
Yaogan-34 satellite (02) joins the first Yaogan-34 satellite launched at 3:27 a.m. on April 30, 2021. CASC states that two and the following satellites will operate as a network.
(More about Long March Rocket series here)
Media’s Response in the Launch.
Chinese media have reported that the new Yaogan satellites will be used to provide information services such as land surveys, town planning, crop estimates and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.
The fragile nature of the Yaogan machine (meaning “remote sensor”) and its subsequent routes lead Western analysts to believe that the series is naturally military, providing a wide range of exploratory capabilities.
The first Yaogan-34 satellite is currently 1,116 by 1,063-kilometer in orbit orbiting 63 degrees, a cycle that is also very similar to the three Yaogan-31 sets called three satellite triplets.
Yaogan-31 satellites and their orbits suggest that they may be similar to the U.S. Department of Defense Naval Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS) for three triple satellites.
The mechanical breakthrough screen displayed at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center has provided an unusual possibility about the satellite environment with the image of a space bus at the top right.
Some Important and Ambitious Plans of China’s Space Companies.
Yaogan-1 was launched by the first Long March 4C in April 2006.
Long March 4C is a three-phase rocket using a combination of hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide. Developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), one of the major institutions under CASC.
(Also learn about Long march 4 here)
(Also learn about Long March 8 here)
Thursday’s high-profile launch includes a technology verification program, according to SAST.The launch was China’s sixth orbital launch of the year, all done by CASC.
CASC has targeted a launch of at least 140 spacecraft at more than 50 locations launched this year alone, including six machines to complete its modular space station. Commercial delivery providers are expected to add to China’s launch operations.
China has set a new world record of 55 space establishments in the year 2021.