China launches two space experiment satellites

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-12-12 17:50
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A Long March-4C rocket carrying the Shiyan-20A and Shiyan-20B satellites blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, Dec 12, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/For]

JIUQUAN -- China on Monday launched a Long March-4C rocket, placing a pair of satellites in space.

The rocket blasted off at 4:22 pm (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China and sent the satellites Shiyan-20A and Shiyan-20B into preset orbit.

Shiyan means "experiment" in Chinese. The two Shiyan-20 satellites will be used for in-orbit verification of new technologies such as space environment monitoring.

It was the 454th flight mission of the Long March series rockets, according to the launch center.

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