South China Sea hosts first space launch mission

By ZHAO LEI | | Updated: 2023-12-06 08:26
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The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center launches a Smart Dragon 3 carrier rocket from waters off the coast of Yangjiang, South China's Guangdong province, at 3:24 am (Beijing Time), Dec 6, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

A Smart Dragon 3 carrier rocket lifted off early Wednesday morning off the coast of Yangjiang in Guangdong province, marking the first-ever space launch mission in the South China Sea.

The rocket blasted off at 3:24 am from a launch service ship and soon transported a space-based internet technology demonstration satellite into its preset orbit, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, maker of the Smart Dragon 3 series.

The satellite, called CX-19, was designed and built by the Shanghai-based Innovation Academy for Microsatellites of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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