TAIYUAN, April 27 (Xinhua) -- China
successfully launched a remote sensing satellite and put it into preset orbit
Thursday morning, the first of a series of space launches planned by China this
|Carrier rocket Long March 4-B, carrying
Remote Sensing Satellite No. 1, blasts off at Taiyuan Satellite Launch
Center in north China's Shanxi Province, April 27, 2006. (Photo:
The Remote Sensing Satellite No. 1 blast off a top a
Long March 4-B carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North
China's Shanxi Province at 6:48 a.m. Thursday.
An official with the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight
Technology, a major developer of both the satellite and the rocket, said the
2.7-ton satellite will be mainly used for scientific experiment, survey of land
resources, appraisal of crops and disaster prevention and alleviation.
"China has made a good start in space launch this
year. That's a nice gift for the 50th anniversary of the founding of China's
spaceflight program," he said.
He revealed China will launch several communication
satellites and scientific experiment satellites this year.
Thursday's launch marks China's 47th successful space
launch in a row since October 1996 and the 89th mission of Long March series of
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