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China launches nine commercial satellites
SOURCE: CASC     UPDATED: 2021-04-29

China launched its Long March-6 rocket on Tuesday, sending three main satellites QILU-1, QILU-4, and FOSHAN-1, as well as six secondary passengers HS-1, TIANQI-9, Origin Space Neo-01, Tai King Ⅱ 01, Golden Bauhinia N1-01 and Golden Bauhinia N1-02 into predetermined orbit.

The rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province at 11:20 a.m. (Beijing Time).

The launch services for the nine satellites are prime-contracted by China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). This mission also marks the first time that CGWIC innovatively provides highly reliable and cost-effective rideshare launch services to various satellites of different customers in the way of commercial rideshare mode.

TIANQI-9 is a low-orbit Internet of things communications satellite, Origin Space NEO-01 Satellite is a scientific research and technology verification satellite, both are developed by Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd,a subsidiary of the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), itself belonging to CASC.

This was the 366th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.