China planning its first sea-launch of satellites

Vastavam web: China is planning its first sea-launch of satellites, a Chinese aerospace official said today.Yang Yiqiang, commander-in-chief of the Long March-11 rockets project of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said that 2018 would see five launches of Long March-11 rockets, with four missions for commercial payloads on land, and one at sea.

“The solid-propellant Long March-11 rockets have strong quick-response ability with low prices, which provide better, competitive services in space commerce,” state-run Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.Wenchang, cantered at 11 degree east longitude and 19 degrees north latitude, in south China’s Hainan Province, is the only launch centre near the sea. As for missions with an inclination of zero to five degrees, the sea launch will fill the gap, the Xinhua report said.