A surge of launches for China launches new communications satellite ChinaSat 1D
Launch of Long March 3B
China’s rocket launches continued on Friday (Nov. 26), with the launch of a new communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
At 11:40 a.m. EST on Friday, a Long March 3B rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China (1640 GMT, or 12:40 a.m. Nov. 27 local time). As the rocket ascended into the night sky, orange and crimson exhaust illuminated the launch pad and surrounding hills for a brief moment.
The ChinaSat 1D (Zhongxing 1D) communications satellite was launched into orbit by the rocket. The China Academy of Space Technology, the country’s primary state-owned spacecraft manufacturer, developed the satellite.
The satellite’s capabilities have not been revealed, but it may at least partially serve military customers.
State-controlled media According to reporters, the satellite will be responsible for transmitting phone, internet, television, and radio transmissions. The ChinaSat 1 series satellites, on the other hand, allow secure data and voice transmission for Chinese soldiers, according to NASA Spaceflight.
A Single Week witnesses 4 space missions from different Spaceports
In a week, China has launched four space missions from three separate spaceports, carrying cargo into orbit for military communications, radar surveillance, and optical imaging.
The spike of launches began on November 20 with the launch of a Long March 4B rocket from Shanxi province’s Taiyuan launch site. A high-resolution optical remote sensing satellite is orbiting a region in northern China. The Gaofen 11-class Earth observation satellite onboard the rocket was the third in a series of Gaofen 11-class satellites.
China hasn’t revealed much about the Gaofen 11 satellites’ architecture or capabilities. The satellite will offer imagery to support land surveys, according to the Chinese space program’s state-owned prime contractor. Urban planning, transportation network design, agricultural monitoring, and disaster prevention and mitigation will all be available.
Other Gaofen satellites are used for civilian purposes, while the Gaofen 11 series might be used for both military and civilian purposes.
The three-stage Long March 4B rocket is designed to launch medium-sized satellites into orbit.