China Launches Two Rockets
China Launches Four Satellites: SpaceX and NASA were not the only two parties that were celebrating the success of Demo-2 mission as China was having a secret party at the same time. While the world was staring at NASA and SpaceX, China was having a launch of their own rocket on 31 May 2020. Even more surprising was the fact that they launched another rocket within the next 36 hours into space. These rockets carried a total of four satellites. While the first rocket took off on 30 May 2020 at 4:13 a.m. Beijing time, the second rocket was launched on 31 May 2020 at 4:53 p.m. Beijing time.
Details About The Two Rockets Sent By China To Space
The first rocket carried two satellites. The name of the rocket was Long March-11. The rocket took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. CCTV, the state media outlet of China reported about the launch. The report read, “Peng Kunya, a chief designer of the Long March-11, said that it was the first time that the Long March-11 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, proving its adaptability to different launch sites,” However, they did not stop here and started preparation for the launch of next rocket, which was the Long-March-2D rocket. The rocket was launched from the same launch centre.
Satellites Launched By China
The two rockets consisted of Four satellites. Gaofen-9 was the name of one of the satellites. The satellite can take photos with a resolution of 3.3 feet. The report of another state-sponsored media outlet Xinhua said, “It will be used in land surveys, urban planning, road network design and crop yield estimates, as well as disaster relief,” Another satellite that hit the space, was HEAD-4. HEAD Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd is the creator of this satellite. It is designed for Internet of Things (IoT) and will enable transmission of information through orbit. Ships and aircraft will make use of this satellite.
Coronavirus Impact On Space Activities Of China
This is not the first time that China has launched rockets in quick succession. In 2019, They used to launch rockets from different space centres at the same time. Things paused in the first half of 2020 due to coronavirus, but the space plans and activities have started resuming at a brisk pace.