China Launches Yaogan-42 02 Remote Sensing Satellite on Long March 2D Rocket

China successfully launched a new remote sensing satellite on a Long March 2D rocket, marking another milestone in its expanding space capabilities and efforts to enhance Earth observation and monitoring.

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China Launches Yaogan-42 02 Remote Sensing Satellite on Long March 2D Rocket

China Launches Yaogan-42 02 Remote Sensing Satellite on Long March 2D Rocket

On April 21, 2024, China successfully launched a Long March 2D rocket carrying the new remote sensing satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. The rocket blasted off at 7:45 am (Beijing time) and sent the satellite into the preset orbit. This launch marked the 17th launch and 517th flight of the Long March rocket family in 2024.

The Long March 2D rocket, designed and manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, is a robust two-stage liquid propellant carrier rocket with a liftoff thrust of 300 tonnes. It is capable of launching 1.3-ton spacecraft into sun-synchronous orbits at roughly 700 kilometers in altitude. The Long March 2D can deliver single and multiple satellites to various orbits from China's three major satellite launch centers.

The Yaogan-42 02 satellite is the latest addition to China's fleet of remote-sensing satellites, which play a vital role in Earth observation. These satellites are used for scientific experiments, land resource surveys, crop yield estimates, and disaster prevention and relief work.

Why this matters: This launch marks another milestone in China's space program and its ongoing efforts to expand its remote space capabilities. The successful deployment of the Yaogan-42 02 satellite further enhances China's ability to monitor and study the Earth's surface, contributing to scientific research and practical applications in various fields.

The launch of the Yaogan-42 02 satellite comes just a week after the 516th mission of the Long March series, which carried another new remote sensing satellite on a Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. With the increasing frequency of launches and the expanding capabilities of its satellites, China continues to strengthen its position as a major player in the global space industry.

Key Takeaways

  • China launched a Long March 2D rocket carrying a new remote sensing satellite.
  • The satellite, Yaogan-42 02, enhances China's Earth observation and monitoring capabilities.
  • The launch marks the 17th launch and 517th flight of the Long March rocket family in 2024.
  • The Long March 2D rocket can deliver satellites to various orbits from China's launch centers.
  • This launch is part of China's ongoing efforts to expand its remote space capabilities.