Watch: China Launches Long March 6 Rocket in Space, Carrying 20 Satellites (Video)
China has successfully launched its latest carrier rocket, Long March 6 this Sunday, September 20, at exactly 7:01 am (Beijing time). This Chinese rocket carried 20 micro satellites, after blasting off the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province. Below is the video of the rocket launch via CCTV (China Central Television).
According to CCTV, this Long March-6 (Chang Zheng-6) was designed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the same state-owned developer of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft. It was manufactured by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), a subordinate of CASC.
Long March-6 is China’s first rocket to be powered by a liquid oxygen kerosene propellant engine. This makes it non-toxic and pollution-free, and therefore environmentally-friendly, which is a giant step in space technology. The unmanned Chinese rocket measures 29.3 meters long, has a total takeoff weight of 103 tons and weight capacity of 1,080 kilograms.
This amazing carrier rocket has three stages: measuring 3.35 meter in diameter and contains a YF-100 engine, which is capable of consuming 76,000 kg of kerosene RP-1/LOX; measuring 2.25 meter in diameter and consumes 15,150 kg of kerosene RP-1/LOX; while the third stage is equipped with four engines, with each of them can develop 4 kN.
Among the 20 satellites on board the Long March 6 rocket are nine CAS-3 satellites and ZDPS-2 Zheda Pixing-2 satellites that will be tested in space and will be used for data communications. These satellites reportedly separated from the rocket 15 minutes after the rocket was launched in space, as China enters a new era in space technology.
In case you are not aware, this is the 210th launch of China’s Long March carrier rockets series since April 1970. This 5-year space mission will include the launch of the Long March 5 and Long March 7 carrier rockets next year, and are capable of carrying heavy loads and spacecraft to Mars or the Moon. This is also part of China’s plan to build its own space station.