Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched two satellites for space
environment exploration into space with a Long March-4B carrier rocket Tuesday
China successfully launched two satellites into
space with a Long March-4B carrier rocket early Tuesday morning.(Xinhua
They were launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch
Center in north China's Shanxi province at 7:34 a.m.
Satellite A was detached from the rocket after 11
minutes of take-off, followed by the detachment of Satellite B about one minute
later. Both have successfully entered preset orbits.
The two satellites, which form Group-02 of Shijian
(practice)-6 satellites, were manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of
Spaceflight Technology (SAST) and DFH (Dongfanghong, or The East is Red)
Satellite Co., Ltd. respectively. Both have a designed life of more than two
They will mainly replace the two Shijian-6 satellites
launched on Sept. 9, 2004, to conduct exploration of space environment,
radiation in space and their influence, parameters of physical environment of
the space, and carry out other related space experiments.
The carrier rocket used in Tuesday's launch was
developed and manufactured by the SAST. The launch marked the 92nd flight of
Long March series of carrier rockets and the 50th consecutive successful launch
of such rockets since October 1996.
In 1981 China became the fourth country in the world
to be able to launch more than one satellite at the same time with just one
rocket. China has succeeded in such launching for many times since then.