Published: 11:42, April 21, 2024 | Updated: 17:04, April 21, 2024
China launches new remote sensing satellite
By Zhao Lei
A Long March-2D carrier rocket carrying the Yaogan-42 02 satellite blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan province, April 21, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – China successfully launched a Long March 2D carrier rocket on Sunday morning, deploying a new remote-sensing satellite into orbit, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The State-owned space conglomerate said in a news release that the rocket lifted off at 7:45 am from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province.

It successfully delivered the Yaogan 42B satellite to its designated orbit.

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Yaogan 42B is the latest addition to China's growing fleet of remote-sensing satellites. These spacecraft play a crucial role in Earth observation, utilizing reflected and emitted radiation to detect and monitor physical characteristics of objects on land and at sea.

The Long March 2D rocket is capable of launching 1.3-ton spacecraft into sun-synchronous orbits at roughly 700 kilometers in altitude. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

The Long March 2D rocket, fueled by liquid propellants and boasting a liftoff thrust of 300 metric tons, is capable of launching 1.3-ton spacecraft into sun-synchronous orbits at roughly 700 kilometers in altitude.

Both the Yaogan 42B satellite and the Long March 2D rocket were designed and manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, a subsidiary of CASC.

This mission marks China's 17th rocket launch of 2024 and the 517th flight overall for the Long March rocket family, the nation's workhorse launch vehicle fleet.