China successfully launches two sats

26 Oct 2006

(Press Trust of India via NewsEdge) China has successfully launched two space environment exploration satellites, marking the 50th consecutive successful launch by the country since October 1996.

The two satellites were launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi province with a Long March-4B carrier rocket.

One of the satellites was detached from the rocket after about 11 minutes of take-off, followed by the other about one minute later. Both successfully entered preset orbits.

The two satellites, which form Group-02 of Shijian-6, were manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and China's DFH Satellite, respectively. Both have a designed life of more than two years.

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