China’s Space Rocket Hits Orbit

the-rocket-kuaizhou-1aThe rocket Kuaizhou-1A carrying the satellite JL-1 and two CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1 blasts off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
  • China’s Space Rocket Hits Orbit

China has launched a new space environment research satellite and four nanosatellites on a Long March-2D carrier rocket which has successfully entered their pre-set orbit.

The rocket was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China, said on Tuesday.

According to the centre, the satellites have successfully entered their pre-set orbit after launch on November 20, 2018.

Shiyan-6 will be used for conducting space environment exploration experiments.

The term nanosatellite refers to a small artificial satellite, weighing between one kg and 10 kg.

Among the four nanosatellites, Tianping-1A and Tianping-1B will be used for equipment calibration on ground control stations, while Jiading-1 is the first satellite of the Xiangyun satellite constellation in low earth orbit.

A software-defined satellite, developed by the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will be used for conducting experiments on open-source satellite software research and development on Android platforms.

Compared to traditional satellites, a software-defined satellite is more flexible and reconfigurable.

A report says it enables its operator to capture diverse markets with its ability to change things like frequency band and coverage areas on demand.

It is the 292th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.

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